A treaty agreement was signed June 16 at the International Telecommunications Union Headquarters in Geneva at the conclusion of ITU's Regional Radiocommunication Conference (RRC-06) heralding the development of 'all-digital' terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television.
The switch from analog TV to full digital broadcasting in Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Islamic Republic of Iran by 2015 represents a major landmark towards establishing a more equitable, just and people-centred Information Society.
The analog to digital conversion will leapfrog existing technologies to connect the unconnected in underserved and remote communities and close the digital divide.
The ITU says that the agreement reached at RRC-06 paves the way for utilizing the full potential of information and communication technologies to achieve the internationally recognized development goals. The date of transition to digital terrestrial broadcasting in the year 2015 is intended to coincide with the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals.