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Mexico’s telecommunications regulator has postponed the “phasing-out” of analogue television in the northwestern border city of Tijuana, the Communications and Transport Secretariat said.
The secretariat said the Cofetel regulatory agency agreed at a meeting Friday to push back its plans to switch off the analogue signals until July 18 - after the July 7 state election in Baja California - at the federal government’s request.
The federal secretary of Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, announced the request to Cofetel Thursday at a press conference where he was joined by Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante.
Tijuana broadcasters had switched off those signals on Tuesday as part of a planned roll-out of digital TV in the sprawling metropolis just across the border from San Diego, California.
“There is concern from the electoral officials that at a given moment, families who don’t have access to the signal on their television will not receive the messages of the electoral process, from the campaigns,” Ruiz told the Televisa news program Foro TV after Thursday’s press conference.
Voters in 14 Mexican states will go to the polls July 7 to choose governors, mayors, city councilors and state legislators.
The digital television launches in the border cities of Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Matamoros, as well as in Monterrey, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, are scheduled for November.
Mexico City, Guadalajara and Mexico’s central region are slated to switch to digital television in November 2014, while the rest of the country will make the change by the end of 2015.