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Press Release

June 3, 2013

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

  On May, 30 (local time), the Republic of Guatemala decided the adoption of the Japanese –Brazilian system (ISDB-T) as a standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting. This is the fourteenth adopter of the system besides Japan.

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

  (1) The MIC has encouraged the government officials of the Republic of Guatemala to adopt ISDB-T in cooperation with the government of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the government of the Republic of Costa Rica as well as the relevant ministries and agencies, carrying out a briefing session about the advantage of the Japanese-Brazilian system.
  (2) In the Republic of Guatemala, based on the result of the investigation and the engineering test of the communication supervision agency concerning digital terrestrial television broadcasting systems including the Japanese-Brazilian system in October, 2012, the written report of the purport that the Japanese-Brazilian system is recommended is summarized, and the discussion about the decision of the method has just been done within the Republic of Guatemala government after that.
  (3) In response, the government of the Republic of Guatemala announced that it would adopt ISDB-T through presidential order on May 30 and published it in the official gazette on the 31 of the same month.

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 Guatemala in cooperation with the relevant ministries and agencies and the organs concerned.
  (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. Japanese-Brazilian system (ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting - Terrestrial)) 
  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. The Japanese system realizes broadcast by one transmitter for fixed terminals and for mobile terminals, and there is advantage that network construction is possible by efficient capital investment and even in the condition at the time of a disaster and power failure, the functions which work by batteries and can always receive data anywhere, such as broadcast for mobile terminals and the emergency alert broadcasting, are valid also as a tool of disaster control measures.

  (When the Japanese-Brazilian 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
  - Philippines: June, 2010
  - Bolivia: July, 2010
  - Uruguay: December, 2010
  - Maldive Islands (national broadcasting): October, 2011
  - Botswana: February, 2013

  2. Status of the Overseas Deployment of the Japanese-Brazilian System
  Japan coordinates also with the countries which adopted the Japanese-Brazilian system, such as Brazil, and has been working on the countries in Asia, Central America, Southern Africa, etc. which have not yet made method decisions for adoption.

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