The International Seminar on Digital Terrestrial TV and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) was held on January 14 and 15, 2016, in Lima, Peru, organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC) and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Peru, intending to further solidify mutual relationships in the field of ICT. From Japan, the ICT Public/Private Mission, comprising approximately 50 people from 18 companies and institutions, headed by Mr. Y. Sakamoto, Vice Minister, participated in this seminar; and ARIB joined this mission to promote ISDB-T.
The Seminar started with a grand Opening Ceremony where more than 300 people joined; and the Memorandum of Understanding was signed to confirm to expand bilateral cooperation in digital terrestrial TV to more diversified areas of ICT. The ceremony was followed by keynote speeches by the representatives from Japan and Peru, then from neighboring countries: Brazil, Chile and Ecuador; and proceeded with panel discussions on optical fiber technologies and digital terrestrial TV, together with exhibitions by the Japanese and Peruvian participants.
In the panel discussion on digital terrestrial TV, Dr. M. Sugawara, Chairman of DiBEG, joined as the moderator, where Mr. T. Endo, Deputy Director of MIC, Mr. N. Okabe, JICA Expert of digital TV in Peru, Mr. Y. Homma, Vice Director General of ARIB participated in the discussion. Through the discussion they exchanged opinions on the challenges to the nationwide implementation of digital terrestrial TV in Peru, including the ASO (Analog Switch-Off) and the EWBS (Emergency Warning Broadcast System), and agreed that further cooperation is necessary for these promotions.
At the exhibition, ARIB/DiBEG performed EWBS demonstration and promotional activities with panels and brochures of Spanish version.
Because Peru is susceptible to natural disasters such as quakes, tsunami, etc. like Japan, the Seminar participants showed strong interests and expectations on EWBS through the panel discussions and the exhibition.