Cuba would reach 400 thousand terrestrial digital TV users during the first stage of partial transition, as announced by Yamile Hernández Fernández, vice president of the regional technology company Copextel. In addition, she explained that the digitization process is expected to happen between November 30 and December 15 of this year, from the province of Pinar del Río to the province of Matanzas.
Currently, 150 centers operate throughout the country from where the signal is transmitted, of which 129 are connected by FTTH. In the same way, there are 147 standard definition digital transmitters that work for a coverage of 76.2%, while another 52 high definition transmitters work for 45.7% of the population with access.
Hernández Fernández also reported that around 42 thousand family groups in the provinces where digitization will expand will receive an STB, an antenna, downcomer and connectors, subsidized and regulated by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS) of Cuba and by Copextel. So far, about 11 thousand equipment packages have already been delivered, and it is expected to finish distributing them before the deadline, although the situation of the pandemic brought some problems that delayed the operation.