March 25, 2019 Adoption of Japanese Digital Terrestrial TV Broadcasting System (ISDB-T System) in the Republic of Angola

The Republic of Angola (hereinafter referred to as “Angola”) decided on March 20, 2019 (Angola local time) to adopt the Japanese digital terrestrial TV broadcasting system (ISDB-T system) for its digital terrestrial TV broadcasting (DTTB). Angola is the 20th countryadopted the ISDB-T system.

1. Adoption of the ISDB-T system by the Angola Government

  • 1.
    In 2013, Angola decided to adopt the European digital terrestrial TV broadcasting system. However, Angola reviewed its decision later and has been considering the adoption of the ISDB-T system. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan (MIC) has been also cooperating with Angola’s study on adopting the ISDB-T system.
  • 2.
    As a result of the study, a presidential decree was announced in an official gazette on March 20 (Angola local time) to adopt the ISDB-T system in Angola.

2. MIC’s Future Efforts

MIC welcomes Angola’s decision and intends to assist for Angola’s smooth migration to the digitalization of terrestrial TV broadcasting.


Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T)

There are four major international standards for digital terrestrial TV broadcast (Japanese, European, US, and Chinese standards). The Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) system (the Japanese digital terrestrial TV broadcasting system) has the advantage of achieving broadcasting for both fixed terminals and mobile terminals with a single transmitter and enabling network construction with efficient capital investment. In addition, the function of broadcasting to battery-operated mobile terminals allows viewers to receive broadcasting anywhere and even in times of disaster or blackout. Moreover, the function of emergency warning broadcasting is also effective as a countermeasure for disasters.

[Time of Adoption of ISDB-T System on a Country-by-Country Basis]

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 (Reaffirmed in November 2013)
Bolivia July 2010
Uruguay December 2010
Botswana February 2013
Guatemala May 2013
Honduras September 2013
Maldives April 2014
Sri Lanka May 2014
Nicaragua August 2015
El Salvador January 2017
Angola March 2019


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