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Press Release

February 27, 2013

Decision of Adoption of Japanese System for Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in the Republic of Botswana

The first adoption of Japanese-Brazilian system in Africa
  On February 26 (local time), the Republic of Botswana officially announced its decision of the adoption of the Japanese-Braziliansystem (ISDB-T) as a standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting.
  This is the first adoption of ISDB-T in Africa and the Republic of Botswana is the thirteenth adopter of the system besides Japan. 

1.Decision of adopting ISDB-T by the government of the Republic of Botswana

  (1) The MIC has continuously encouraged government officials of the Republic of Botswana to adopt ISDB-T in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry of Japan, broadcasters, manufacturers, etc.
  (2) The Republic of Botswana evaluated that ISDB-T was better than the European system overall as a result of comparative tests on ISDB-T and the European system (DVB-T2) in that a) both systems are equal in terms of broadcasting for fixed receivers, b) ISDB-T is advantageous in terms of in-car receiving and c) only ISDB-T has come into practical use for mobile terminals.
  (3) In response, the government of the Republic of Botswana decided to adopt ISDB-T as a standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting at a cabinet meeting and officially announced such effect.

2.Future efforts by the MIC

  (1) The MIC will continue to provide support such as technology transfer and human resources development toward the smooth introduction of ISDB-T in the Republic of Botswana in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry of Japan and other related organizations.
  (2) The MIC commits itself to further promoting ISDB-T overseas in cooperation with the countries that have already adopted the Japanese system.

(Reference materials)

  1. The standards for digital terrestrial television broadcasting are roughly divided into four systems: Japanese- Brazilian system (ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial)), European system, U.S. system and Chinese system.
  Compared to other systems, ISDB-T has technical advantages in that (1) it is possible to view broadcasting on mobile terminals using one-SEG (capable of receiving broadcasting in areas with no electricity and to provide with it for the poor who cannot afford purchasing TV set), (2) data broadcasting is feasible (capable of transmitting news using characters and illustrations and of implementing e-government and distance education) and (3) emergency broadcasting for disaster warning can be provided (capable of transmitting information on disasters and diseases using the function of emergency alert broadcasting). In addition, the Japanese system allows one transmitter to transmit broadcasting for both mobile terminals (one-SEG) and high-definition broadcasting so that the entire costs are reduced. That is, ISDB-T also has economic advantages.
  (When the Japanese system was adopted)
  - Brazil: June 2006
  - Peru: April 2009
  - Argentina: August 2009
  - Chile: September 2009
  - Venezuela: October 2009
  - Ecuador: March 2010
  - Costa Rica: May 2010
  - Paraguay: June 2010
  - The Philippines: June 2010
  - Bolivia: July 2010
  - Uruguay: December 2010
  - Maldives (state-run broadcasting): October 2011
  2. Fourteen countries have adopted ISDB-T including Japan and the market scale totals to 580 million people. Japan aims to strengthen the international competitiveness of the Japanese ICT industry by developing an infrastructure for Japanese companies to find larger markets abroad through technical cooperation and human resources development in the field of digital terrestrial television broadcasting.
  3. Japan will continue to encourage Southern-African, Central American and Asian countries to adopt ISDB-T in cooperation with the countries that have already adopted ISDB-T.

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International Policy Division,
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