Digital TV Broadcasting from 2001The government decided Tuesday that it will start its digital TV broadcasting program from 2001, earlier than scheduled.
The picture is up to four times clearer than the analog system and the sound quality is almost compact disc standard.
The administration, including the Ministries of Finance and Economy, Culture and Tourism and Information and Communications made the decision in a cabinet meeting.
Test broadcasting will be allowed from 2000, regular broadcasting around selected metropolitan areas in 2001, then programs should be aired across major metropolitan areas by 2002.
Full coverage should be achieved by 2005 at the latest.
However, both analog and digital systems will run parallel for the first five years in order not to deny customers of choice before they invest in the 400-dollar apparatus required to receive digital TV.
The investment expense of supplying the digital broadcasting system will come to 1.7 billion dollars by 2010.
The administration also predicted that the new system would eventually create 90,000 new jobs and 154 billion dollars of export by 2010.