Romania’s transition to digital television is subject to approval from several ministries, Valerian Vreme, the minister of communications said during the International Digital Forum.
“From a technical viewpoint, Romania is ready to make the transition to digital terrestrial television, but we must wait for the approval of the legal framework. We are still waiting for the approval of various ministries and depending on when these come, we can make the transition in several months.
The transition to digital terrestrial television is a process that is going on in the entire European Union. This will see the appearance of new broadcasting platforms of transmitting TV programs in digital format. However, this also requires clearing the necessary spectrum that will be used for 4G technologies and broadband internet.
Romania’s transition to digital was blocked last year. Romania committed to the EU that reception in analogue format will cease by January 1, 2012. Instead, on August 11, 2010, the government passed a bill that mentions that TV transmissions in analogue format will only cease by January 1, 2015.
“In Romania, between 1 and 2 million households may need support for the transition, such as for example poor people in rural remote areas or disabled and elderly people,” said Helmut Egenbauer, President for Central Europe, TDF.