Analogue broadcasting to cease nationwide by end 2017

Analogue broadcasting to cease nationwide by end 2017
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) aims to cease analogue broadcasting and complete the nationwide transition to digital broadcasting by the end of 2017, it said today (Jan 21) in its addendum to the President's Parliament address.

The ministry had previously announced that it would pull the plug on analogue broadcasting before 2020, in line with ASEAN's agreed time frame.

Digital broadcasting uses fewer frequencies than analogue broadcasting.

"The freed up spectrum will provide more capacity for mobile broadband and better support our Smart Nation development," the MCI said as it outlined its plans for the next five years.

It added that it is reviewing free-to-air channels Okto and Channel U to provide more choices for young audiences, and that it will introduce subtitling progressively for live broadcast programmes.

Other key initiatives include a new Government Technology Organisation (GTO) that will focus on building engineering talent for the Government and support its digital transformation efforts.

The MCI will also launch Design 2025, a long-term plan to make Singapore a hub for design, and develop a Constitutional Gallery, to be housed in the National Gallery Singapore, to showcase the Republic's key constitutional documents.

In addition, a network infrastructure of sensors will be rolled out to build a Smart Nation and facilitate greater sharing of data. There will be a new Cyber Security Bill to give the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore greater powers to secure the information infrastructure. Cyber security expenditure as a share of the Government's IT budget will increase to at least 8 per cent in the long term.

Read the MCI's addendum in full here.

huizhen@sph.com.sg

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