On February 21, 2011, Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takashi Morita conducted a conversation at the MIC with the Republic of Angola's Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technologies Aristides Safeca, who was visiting Japan, and after agreeing to promote initiatives aimed at the adoption of the Japanese system (ISDB-T) as the country's standard terrestrial digital television broadcasting system, and both parties signed protocol concerning cooperation in the information and communications field.
1. Core components of protocol
Range of cooperation:
(1) Policy and regulations in information and communications technology field
(2) Migration to terrestrial digital broadcasting
(3) Personnel training, etc.
(1) Cooperation in policies and systems, etc. concerning information and communications technology
(2) Technical cooperation in migration to digital broadcasting, etc.
(3) Exchange of specialists, technicians, et al., and cooperation between relevant organizations, etc.
2. Future initiatives
(1) The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will continue to cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the relevant ministries and agencies, broadcasting organizations, manufacturers, research institutions, etc., and will provide support for the adoption of the ISDB-T system in Angola by holding seminars and dispatching specialists, implementing trial broadcasting, etc.
(2) From now on, the MIC will cooperate with Angola and work diligently for further diffusion of the ISDB-T system throughout other countries in Africa.
1. Japanese system (ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting -Terrestrial)
There are three systems in international standards for terrestrial digital television broadcasting: the Japanese system (ISDB-T), the European system (DVB-T), and the American system (ATSC). Compared with other systems, the Japanese system is technically predominant with its resilience against radio wave interference, etc., and its delivery of favorable reception even when on the move. Furthermore, it is possible with ISDB-T to transmit mobile terminal-oriented broadcasting (One Seg) and high-definition television from a single transmitter, ensuring low cost and economical use, etc.
Brazil adopted the Japanese system in June 2006 and began broadcasting in December 2007, with broadcasting currently reaching 28 cities.
Peru adopted the Japanese system in April 2009 and began broadcasting in March 2010.
Argentina adopted the Japanese system in August 2009 and began broadcasting in April 2010.
Decisions have also been made to adopt the system in Chile (September 2009), Venezuela (October 2009), Ecuador (March 2010), Costa Rica (May 2010), Philippines and Paraguay (June 2010), Bolivia (July 2010), and Uruguay (December 2010) and the aim is to commence broadcasting in these regions imminently.
2. State of foreign expansion of Japanese system
Japan is cooperating with other countries that have adopted the Japanese system and is promoting the system in various countries in southern Africa, Central and South America, and elsewhere.
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