Photo: Analog v Digital Cuba
Cuba announced Tuesday that it is “prepared” to perform a digital television test that uses a method developed by Chinese experts, local media reported.
“Cuba is prepared to successfully perform the test” on Wednesday, said the director of the island’s Telecommunications Research and Development Institute, or Lacetel, Glauco Guillen, during the first international digital TV forum being held in Havana.
The official said that Cuba is pushing to transform its analog TV to a digital system using the Chinese approach “in the service of the needs of society.”
The forum - being held within the framework of the 15th International Computer and Telecommunications Fair and Convention taking place this week in Havana - is aimed at pushing for the implementation of China’s DTMB method for digital television and fostering the cooperation of the Asian nation with Latin America.
Cuba wants to shift over from analog to digital TV in keeping with the accords signed between Havana and Beijing to foster technological cooperation.
The deputy director of the industry and technology division of the Chinese National Commission for Development and Reforms, Wu Hao, said that “we want to work together to push this application in Cuba and develop ... digital television and industry ... to benefit (all) peoples.”
He also said that Beijing places great importance on communication with the region, adding that digital TV is “on the rise” worldwide, and thus China and its industries are ready to work with Latin America “at all levels” to contribute to the development of an industry based on the principle of “openness and innovation.”