September 22, 2020

Eleven million Spaniards already suffer the blackout of DTT

The Government has planned a series of financial aids for the owners of the buildings in which it is necessary to adapt the antennas

The first blackout of Digital Terrestrial Television frequencies, which has affected more than 11 million Spaniards, has concluded “without noticeable incidents” despite the complexity of the process, as confirmed by the Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Roberto Sánchez. The first frequency shutdown process that has affected 2,413 municipalities, and whose objective is to free the 700 MHz band for 5G communications, in a process called “second digital dividend”, began last February 11 and concluded on March 3, as he recalled.

From last July until now, television channels have broadcast simultaneously by two types of bands, which have been used until March 3, and by new ones, in order to facilitate citizens the adaptation of Your signal receivers. Since March 3, it is only being broadcast by the new frequencies in these 2,413 municipalities. Those affected by this first blackout are in Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Valencian Community, Extremadura, Galicia, Balearic Islands, La Rioja, Navarra and the Basque Country. In the rest of the municipalities, the frequency shutdown will take place in a second phase that will end on June 30, 2020, the deadline set by the EU to free this 700 MHz band, which will be used for 5G communications.

The Government has encouraged neighboring communities, which have not done so, to adapt the antennas of the buildings. In individual homes it is not necessary. All televisions must be re-tuned with the remote control. To adapt the antennas, the Government has planned a series of grants, which may be accessed by “all” the owners of the buildings in which it is necessary to adapt the antennas, if requested and meet the requirements. The Secretary of State for Telecommunications has insisted that it will not be necessary to change the television and that no channels will be lost in any case.


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