Quoting from the Kyodo News Agency, the Brazilian government has decided to adopt Japanese digital television standards, the ISDB-T format.
Brazil is the first country outside Japan to adopt the system.
Under the Japanese format, digital terrestrial broadcasting for portable terminals, such as for mobile phones and car navigation equipment, is available without setting an adapter to a television set.
Kyodo said that back in April, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Luiz Fernando Furlan and Communications Minister Helio Costa visited Japan and told Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and other Japanese government officials that they had a strong interest in choosing the Japanese format. No launch date or time frame for implementation has been announced so far.