The electronic media industry began its first close examination of digital switchover at a workshop organized by the Broadcasting Commission in March 2008, in Kingston. The discussion involved more than 100 representatives of the broadcasting and cable industry, telecommunications, transmission and retail sectors, and the consumer advocacy body.
Main regulatory agencies and policy-makers were also involved including the Spectrum Management Authority, the Office of Utilities Regulation, Consumer Affairs Commission, Ministry of Industry, Telecommunications, Energy and Commerce, Ministry of Information, and members of academia.
What Is Digital Switch-Over?
A change has started in some broadcasting sectors internationally as some countries advance from analogue systems – the type of radio and TV systems that most Jamaicans have in their homes – to digital radio and television. The planned transition to the new platform and the eventual switch off of analogue signals is called digital switchover.
Visiting consultant, Michael Starks presented a comprehensive overview of the experience of digital switchover in pioneering countries. That presentation provoked questions and views on the economic, environmental, and political considerations of transfer to digital platforms.
National Steering Committee
The National Steering Committee was formed on February 19, 2009 and comprises members from Government, Industry, Corporate and Civil society. It is chaired by the Minister of Information and co-chaired by three industry representatives.
There are two sub-committees namely: Technical and Public Education.
Transitioning from Analogue to new Digital Cable & Free-to-Air Television Systems
Technical Seminar Presentation
Technical Seminar Presentation - JPS
Technical Seminar Presentation on Digital Headend
Technical Seminar Presentation on Earth Station
Technical Seminar Presentation on Fiber Optic Transport
Technical Seminar Presentation on Optical Nodes
Steps to Digital Switchover Downloadable Files