Digital broadcasting system worth 13.7 bn yen from Japan to Sri Lanka


By Hiran H.Senewiratne

The Japanese government is now in the process of assisting to introduce  an Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting (ISDB) system to Sri Lanka, which is a Japanese standard digital television radio used by the country's television and radios, Director for International Digital TV Policy  Global ICT Strategy Bureau Norifumi Yamaguchi said.

" This new system will  replace the old analogue system to the latest  digital system, which will assist the  Sri Lanka government to transfer to this system. Japanese government will grant a soft loan of 13.7 billion yen to Sri Lanka with a ten year grace period to be repaid in 40 years, Tamaguchi told The Island Financial Review.

An ISDB-T Digital Broadcasting business matching seminar was held last Friday to enlighten the local stakeholders on this project. It was organised by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan.

He said the agreement was first signed on this  project  when Japanese Prime Minister Sanshu Abe visited Sri Lanka in 2014,  with then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. "But this got a new lease of life after President Maithripala Sirisena's  recent visit to Japan in 2015, he said. ISDB replaced the NTSC J  analog television system and the previously used MUSE   Hi-vision analogue HDTV system in Japan, and will be replacing NTSC, PALM and PAL-N in South America.

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