Costa Rica: Proposals for Transition to Digital TV

In the concession model proposed by the government, one operator can be the virtual operator of a logical channel, management-multiplex concessionaire and / or network administrator at the same time.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Vice Ministry of Telecommunications has presented its proposal for a reference model for the transition to digital television, in which it details the concession model and partnership opportunities between concessionaires, details of the use of the radio spectrum, aspects related to digital solidarity, deployment of DTT and the expected results of this technological change under the ISDB-Tb standard.

Regarding the concession model:

"... 3.1. Concession model

Today in Costa Rica for analog terrestrial television services, each physical channel on the 6 MHz bandwidth can carry a single analog service (programming). In addition, the holder of the concession for the frequency is the owner of its own infrastructure and the content itself is provided with national and international programming.

However, the proposal of the Roadmap for the transition from analogue to DTT recommends that the country adopt a flexible concession model in which the operator can assume one or more roles (virtual operator of a logical channel management multiplex concessionaire and / or developer and network administrator) , which means that a third party could also assume both the role of virtual logical channel operator and / or developer and / or network administrator."

Read the full proposal (in spanish).

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