An expo festival of digital terrestrial TV was held in Managua, Nicaragua on March 21, 2018.
Since May 2017 when Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (MIC) signed a memorandum with Instituto Nicaragüense de Telecomunicaciones y Correos (TELCOR) on terrestrial digital television, MIC has been extending its support and cooperation to Nicaragua for the trial broadcasting.
This time TELCOR organized a ceremony to celebrate their start of trial digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, and also to show various benefits and advantages of digital terrestrial television to the general public.
The Japanese delegation to celebrate this festival was headed by Mr. S. Takagi, Director-General for International Affairs of Global Strategy Bureau of MIC, together with Mr. H. Ogawa, Director for Digital Broadcasting Technology Division, as well as Mr. H. Horikawa, JICA Expert in digital TV broadcasting, the representatives from DiBEG member companies such as NHK ITEC, Hitachi Kokusai, Maspro, and also including ARIB/DiBEG secretariat.
The Nicaraguan side was represented by Mr. Orlando Castillo, Director General of TELCOR, together with Dr. Guillermo González, Ministro-Director of Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres (SINAPRED), and Mr. Aarón Peralta, Director of National TV (Canal-6).
Approximately 120 people, including Mr. Y. Suzuki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Nicaragua, representatives from JICA Nicaragua Office, representatives from neighboring countries, local broadcasters and Nicaraguan government officials, attended the ceremony.
After the national anthems of both countries were played, the ceremony started; where Mr. O. Castillo, Mr. S. Takagi and Dr. M. Sugawara, Chairman of DiBEG, each made a congratulatory speech.
Mr. Yasuji Sakaguchi of NHK ITEC, who undertook the MIC project for the support of the trial digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, made a presentation on the outline of the digital TV system delivered to Canal-6 this time.
The Digital Switch-On was performed by Mr. O. Castillo of TELCOR.
With the successful digital terrestrial TV reception, the ceremony was fully completed.