The switchover from analogue to digital technology is successfully completed with the sixth and final switch-off where 53 broadcasting centres in Northeastern Greece are concurrently activated. In total, 156 transmission centres throughout the country give access to the digital television signal to over 96% of the country’s population and Greece officially enters the digital era.
On the 7th, following the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission's [E.E.T.T.] Plenary decision, and after verification of the qualification criteria, we are granted all spectrum usage rights of national and regional coverage, with the objective of developing the digital terrestrial television network of Greece.
On the 24th we carried out the country's first switch-off.
Acting in accordance to the standards and legislation [the framework] of the country's digital switchover, as set by the State, the first digital telecast for privately-owned nationwide TV channels commences through our company from the broadcasting centre "Xylokastro".
Subsequently, based on Joint Ministerial Decisions concerning both the transitional period from the analogue to the digital television signal, for a smoother switchover, and for the overall project as defined by the International Telecommunication Union [I.T.U.], we activate 13 broadcasting centres throughout the country giving access to the digital terrestrial television signal to 70% of the population.
The nationwide private television stations ALPHA, ALTER, ANTENNA, MAKEDONIA TV, MEGA, SKAI and STAR go ahead and form Digea - Digital Services Provider S.A.