Vietnam ‘walks abreast’ with leading countries in television technology

Four major goals have been obtained under the national program on TV digitization. Sixty-three cities/provinces throughout the country are covered with the second generation of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T2) TV wave.

Vietnam ‘walks abreast’ with leading countries in television technology

At the conference

A conference on reviewing the implementation of the project on digitizing terrestrial TV broadcasting by 2020 was held recently.

Ten years ago, Vietnam decided to use DVB-T2, the most advanced technology. This was a daring decision which showed long-term vision. At that time, Vietnam was one of six countries in the world using DVB-T2. This is a wise decision if noting that 90 percent of countries using DBV have chosen the technology.

Da Nang was the first locality that piloted the TV digitization program. At that moment, only five countries were using DVB-T2, therefore, it was difficult to persuade leaders and change people’s mindset. However, with the local authorities’ strong determination and support from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MOC), Da Nang successfully stopped Analog TV.

According to Tran Quang Hung from Vietnam Television (VTV), the workload was heavy and VTV had to run against time to fulfill the workload as scheduled.

On December 28, 2020, Vietnam officially stopped broadcasting analog terrestrial television. DVB-T2 covered all 63 cities/provinces nationwide with over 80 percent of total population, or 10 percentage points higher than targeted.

Under the project, the support in set-top boxes has been given to 1.9 million people worth VND1 trillion. The money is from the Vietnam Public Utility Telecommunication Services Fund.

Vo Thanh Nhan, Deputy Director of Vinh Long Television, said DVB-T2 blurs the bounds of the old-generation television. The advantage of single-frequency TV is that it doesn’t depend on distance. This allows television companies to save resources and focus on content production.

As the coverage has been expanded to the north and Da Nang, television has obtained considerable growth.

Speaking at the conference, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung said four major goals of the TV digitization project have been reached, including the competition of the transformation from analog to DVB-T2 TV with the frequency use efficiency increasing by 30 times; significant expansion of terrestrial TV coverage (100 percent of households that have TV sets can access digital TV under different forms); the use of different resources in the society to develop TV instead of relying on the state budget; and the organization and rearrangement of the structure with focusing on content production.

 

Despite challenges, Vietnam still can fulfill the plan and become one of leading countries ending analog TV thanks to a reasonable approach.

“Vietnam ranks 78th out of 193 countries that have stopped analog TV broadcasting. The success of the project is attributed to the reasonable approach that fits Vietnam’s conditions,” Hung said.

According to Hung, there are seven factors that bring success to the project 1/perfect legal framework 2/reasonable roadmap 3/use of advanced technology 4/creativity and flexibility in using financial mechanism 5/respect of people’s opinions 6/propaganda to heighten people’s awareness and 7/the active participation of localities.

“To develop rapidly and sustainably, the country needs to renovate continuously to grasp new opportunities and to march towards better things. Our biggest transformation is the move from real world into the digital world, which is called digital transformation,” he commented.

Former Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang said that the TV digitization plan is not only a revolution in technology, but also management and organization.

“It is necessary to persuade people that digitization will bring big benefits to the country as concentrated infrastructure will replace the costly fragmented infrastructure items. This proves to be the biggest challenge,” he said.

Commenting about the success of the project, Dao Quang Hoan, former Director of the Authority of Radio Frequency Management, cited three good things done under the project. First, using the Vietnam Public Utility Telecommunication Services Fund. Second, requesting to integrate DVB-T2 set-top boxes into the TV sets made in Vietnam and imported sets. Third, digitization was implemented in cities and populous areas first and then rural and remote areas. 

Duy Vu

Vietnam's growth potential lies in the digital economy

Vietnam's growth potential lies in the digital economy

The digital economy in Vietnam accounts for about 8.2% of GDP. The development potential of the Internet and digital economy components is still quite large. 

Pandemic offers lessons and once-in-a-century opportunity: MIC Minister

Pandemic offers lessons and once-in-a-century opportunity: MIC Minister

Vietnam expects to jump into the second position in the region in terms of digital economy, just following Indonesia, officials have said.

 
 

Other News

.
Vietnam reconsiders electricity sources after making international energy commitments
Vietnam reconsiders electricity sources after making international energy commitments
FEATUREicon  14/01/2022 

Vietnam’s commitments at 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) will have a big impact on the country’s energy system. 

Which means of transport will Hanoians use in the next five years?
Which means of transport will Hanoians use in the next five years?
FEATUREicon  14/01/2022 

Hanoi plans to build three urban railway lines in the next five years.

Cyberattacks: from jokes to crimes
Cyberattacks: from jokes to crimes
FEATUREicon  14/01/2022 

Many young people see attacking a website or a system as a joke. But when they have to be involved in legal procedures, they realize the seriousness of the acts, but it is too late.

Domestic suppliers make few inroads into global supply chains
Domestic suppliers make few inroads into global supply chains
FEATUREicon  14/01/2022 

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said that Vietnamese enterprises’ participation in the global value chain is very modest in both quantity and quality.

More investment poured into cold storage facilities
More investment poured into cold storage facilities
FEATUREicon  14/01/2022 

While many industries are suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic, cold storage supply chains are heating up the logistics industry.

Land prices soar amid fear for Omicron
Land prices soar amid fear for Omicron
FEATUREicon  13/01/2022 

While affordable apartments are no longer seen in Hanoi and HCM City, apartments priced at hundreds of billions of dong are becoming popular.

Banks criticized for sky-high interest rates, burdening businesses
Banks criticized for sky-high interest rates, burdening businesses
FEATUREicon  13/01/2022 

Many banks made a high profit in 2021 thanks to high lending interest rates. However, they have been warned of ‘making a rod for their own back’.

Vietnam-China bilateral trade: overcoming chronic weaknesses
Vietnam-China bilateral trade: overcoming chronic weaknesses
FEATUREicon  13/01/2022 

According to data from the Vietnam General Department of Customs, Vietnam’s total import-export value by June 15, 2021 had reached US$288.68 billion, up 33%, or $71.55 billion, year on year.

Concerns over discarded face masks and the circular economy
Concerns over discarded face masks and the circular economy
FEATUREicon  13/01/2022 

How to treat used face masks is a new problem emerging during the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tan Hoang Minh Group withdraws from Thu Thiem land auction, accepts loss of deposit
Tan Hoang Minh Group withdraws from Thu Thiem land auction, accepts loss of deposit
FEATUREicon  12/01/2022 

Tan Hoang Minh Group has sent a letter to the Party, State and Government leaders, and HCM City People’s Committee about its decision to withdraw from Thu Thiem land purchase that it won at auction in mid-December.

Customs procedures reformed, but still burdening enterprises
Customs procedures reformed, but still burdening enterprises
FEATUREicon  13/01/2022 

The required customs procedures related to imports and exports have been simplified but enterprises are far from satisfied.

Gambling rings boomed in 2021 despite Covid-19
Gambling rings boomed in 2021 despite Covid-19
FEATUREicon  12/01/2022 

Despite difficulties caused by the pandemic, tens of trillions of dong have been injected into gambling rings.

Distressed by Covid-19, wind power developers want FIT to be extended
Distressed by Covid-19, wind power developers want FIT to be extended
FEATUREicon  12/01/2022 

Unable to have commercial operation date (COD) prior to November 1, 2021, many wind power investors have fallen into dilemma.

Vietnam's tourism revives, starts again from scratch
Vietnam's tourism revives, starts again from scratch
FEATUREicon  12/01/2022 

The market is completely new after Covid-19. All players, small and large, will be at the starting point. Those who have a good start will obtain more market share.

Vietnamese businesses capable of reaching out to global market
Vietnamese businesses capable of reaching out to global market
FEATUREicon  12/01/2022 

Many Vietnamese companies are able to reach the regional and international market after accumulating experience and financial resources in the domestic market.

Billion USD ‘hidden’ under forest canopy in Vietnam
Billion USD ‘hidden’ under forest canopy in Vietnam
FEATUREicon  11/01/2022 

Economic development under forest canopy has great potential but the actual benefits are still fragmented, scattered and unplanned.

Digital transformation begins in hotel industry
Digital transformation begins in hotel industry
FEATUREicon  11/01/2022 

Tourism experts say that technology has become essential in hotel operations.

Made-in-Vietnam stamp changes mindset of buyers of organic fruit
Made-in-Vietnam stamp changes mindset of buyers of organic fruit
FEATUREicon  11/01/2022 

In Vietnam, there are countless famous and delicious specialty fruits. One day soon Vietnam will have more high-class fruit brands that attract domestic and international consumers.

Home-appliance distributors bargain products away, shut down after incurring big losses
Home-appliance distributors bargain products away, shut down after incurring big losses
FEATUREicon  11/01/2022 

Home appliance distributors have had a tough year 2021 because of Covid-19.

Some hotels manage to survive the pandemic
Some hotels manage to survive the pandemic
FEATUREicon  11/01/2022 

Going digital, using staff for multiple tasks, and opening new businesses, hotels have been struggling to survive the second year of the pandemic.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN