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Press Release

January 20, 2017

Adoption of Japanese – Brazilian Terrestrial Digital TV Broadcasting System (ISDB-T System) in the Republic of El Salvador

  The Republic of El Salvador (hereinafter referred to as “El Salvador”) announced on January 19, 2017 (El Salvador local time) that the President made the decision to adopt the Japanese-Brazilian digital terrestrial TV broadcasting system (ISDB-T system) for digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) in El Salvador. El Salvador is the 19th country adopted the ISDB-T system.

1. Adoption of the ISDB-T system by the El Salvador Government

  (1) The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), in cooperation with relevant government agencies and Central American countries that have already adopted the ISDB-T system, has been encouraging El Salvador’s adoption of the ISDB-T system.

  (2) El Salvador has been studying DTTB systems, including the ISDB-T system, and as the result of study Sánchez Cerén, President of El Salvador, announced the adoption on January 19, 2017.

2. MIC’s future assistance

  MIC welcomes the decision of the El Salvador Government, and intends to assist for smooth migration to DTTB.


※ISDB-T (Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial) 
    DTTB standards are listed with the Japanese-Brazilian system (ISDB-T), European system (DVB-T/T2), US system (ATSC) and Chinese system (DTMB). ISDB-T has features of broadcasting for both fixed terminals and mobile terminals by one transmitter so that networks can be configured with efficient capital investment. Moreover, the function of broadcasting to battery-operated mobile terminals allows viewers to receive broadcasting anywhere and even in times of any disaster or blackout (One-Seg broadcasting). The function of emergency alert broadcasting is also effective as a countermeasure for disasters.


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International Policy Division,
Global ICT Strategy Bureau, MIC
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