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Press Release

May 20, 2014

Comment of the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications on Adoption of Japanese Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting System (ISDB-T) in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

I made an official visit to Sri Lanka from July 28 to 30, 2013. I was honored to have talks with H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa President of Sri Lanka, Hon. Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Economic Development, Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella Minister of Mass Media and Information, Hon. Gotabaya Rajapaksa Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development and exchange opinions on priority fields for Sri Lanka and Japan such as economic relationships, disaster prevention and cultural exchange and strongly encouraged them to adopt ISDB-T. Moreover, when Hon. Basil Rajapaksa Minister of Economic Development and Hon. Susil Premajayantha Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy visited Japan in September and October 2013 respectively, we recommended them to adopt ISDB-T. Furthermore, in March 2014, we invited Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella Minister of Mass Media and Information to Japan again and strongly encouraged him to adopt ISDB-T.

ICT, starting with ISDB-T, can be utilized to solve the social issue of how to provide disaster information in an island state like Sri Lanka, the same as Japan. ISDB-T not only digitalizes the broadcasting system of Sri Lanka but also effectively supports disaster prevention and disaster mitigation by combining broadcasting with other ICTs, and enhances remote medical care and education services in collaboration with data broadcasting. Thus, ISDB-T contributes to various fields such as communication and broadcasting, medical care services, disaster prevention, national land management and integration of the people, all of which constitute the national infrastructure. We have proposed to Sri Lanka that the adoption of ISDB-T would realize the protection of lives in times of emergency, convenient life at ordinary times, and new lifestyle by combining ICT with broadcasting.

It is my pleasure that Sri Lanka has decided to adopt ISDB-T as a result of these efforts. Sri Lanka is the second country in the South Asian region which has decided to adopt ISDB-T.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) welcomes the Sri Lankan government’s decision and will provide comprehensive support to Sri Lanka for its development, not only by constructing infrastructure such as ISDB-T networks with a view to smooth conversion to ISDB-T, but also cooperating in the field of content and developing human resources.

The expansion of ISDB-T is a part of our efforts for the international expansion of Japanese ICT. We will continue to strengthen the international expansion of the entire ICT field taking advantage of ISDB-T.

May 20, 2014
Yoshitaka SHINDO
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications


ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial)
The specifications for terrestrial digital television broadcasting used as international standards are divided roughly into the Japanese system, European system, US system and Chinese system. The Japanese system (ISDB-T) has the advantage that broadcasting for fixed terminals and mobile terminals is provided by one transmitter so that networks can be configured with efficient capital investment. Moreover, the function of providing broadcasting for battery-operated mobile terminals which can receive broadcasting anywhere and even in times of any disaster or blackout, and the function of emergency alert broadcasting are effective as countermeasures for disasters.

Timing of adoption of ISDB-T
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 (re-announced in November 2013)
Bolivia: July 2010
Uruguay: December 2012
The Maldives: October 2011 (decided national adoption of ISDB=T in April 2014)
Botswana: February 2013
Guatemala: May 2013
Honduras: September 2013
Sri Lanka: May 2014

Status of overseas expansion of ISDB-T
Japan encourages Central American countries which have not yet made a decision to adopt ISDB-T in cooperation with those countries which have already adopted ISDB-T, such as Brazil.


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