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Digital television, the leap into the future
Digital television Photo: Girón
Located in the northeastern region of the Cuban archipelago, Holguín works for the implementation of digital television throughout its territory. Today the high definition signal reaches 85 percent of the province thanks to the operation of seven transmitters located in different parts of its geography.

In statements offered to the local press, Justo Moreno, general director of Radio Cuba, reported that "the digital television program began in Cuba in 2012 with the demonstration area in Havana and is currently in a phase of analogical simultaneity and digital. The province of Holguin still does not have the infrastructure conditions to carry it out in its entirety, even though we are working for it ".

The official explained that "to make digital television a reality, it is not only necessary for Radio Cuba to comply with the transmission capacity, but also for the population to have the necessary resources such as televisions, boxes or analog receivers. The same happens with study centers.

"It is not a matter of making a total transition but it will be done partially, and this will be when there are enough recipients, schools are covered, there are payment facilities for those who require social assistance, etc. What is sought is to affect the population as little as possible.

"The first step is not to turn off the analogue television, but to create a channel that allows to raise the coverage of that transmission."

Moreno also explained the advantages of digital television among which stand out greater energy efficiency, needs less space, improves the quality and quantity of programs, among others. But it is essential to have all the conditions for the digital blackout by zones in the country.

In order to materialize the quality of digital transmissions, several parameters need to be met, such as reliability, stability in service, average delay to repair a fault, to name a few. For that, not only transmitter centers are needed, but also management centers where a certain management on the sites is monitored and exercised to detect failures. In addition to workshops that allow to repair this new technology and the transmission system.

On the areas of silence that are still in Cuba, the official explained "that those places are being covered directly with digital television because it does not make sense to make an analog investment and then make the transition. There are some places in Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba. It works so that the technology in those places is at its peak.

"There are other areas of silence that cannot be covered by terrestrial television, so we work from connectivity from the satellite."

Undoubtedly, a technological step that is imposed with the progress of this society and that will favor in the future thousands of the people of Holguín who today wait for these plans to materialize.

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