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ATSC, DMB-T/H, DVB-T/DVB-T2 and ISDB-T

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The following review compares the worldwide digital broadcasting systems ATSC, DMB-T/H, DVB-T/DVB-T2, and ISDB-T. (May 2012)



1. Digital broadcasting systems for terrestrial television

Map for digital terrestrial television

Brief overview
SystemExplanation
DVB-TBroadcasting via DVB-T is actively in use.
DVB-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the DVB-T system.
DVB-T trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with DVB-T.
RRC06The according countries participate in the Regional Radiocommunications Conference 2006 of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). It can be assumed that all countries taking part will ultimately use the DVB-T system when they move from analog to digital.
ATSCBroadcasting via the ATSC system is actively in use.
ATSC adoptedCountries which have adopted the ATSC system.
ATSC trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with ATSC.
ISDB-TBroadcasting via ISDB-T is actively in use.
ISDB-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the ISDB-T system.
ISDB-T trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with ISDB-T.
SBTVD-TBroadcasting via SBTVD-T is actively in use.
SBTVD-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the SBTVD-T system.
DMB-T/HBroadcasting via DMB-T/H is actively in use.
DMB-T/H adoptedCountries which have adopted the DMB-T/H system.
DMB-T/H trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with DMB-T/H.
Commercial DVB-T servicesNo formal adoption of a DTT standard.
 Undecided countries.


Date format = YYYY/MM/DD_[X]
[T] = Date of starting trials
[A] = Date of a formal adoption of a DTT standard
[D] = Digital Switchover (DSO)
ASO = Analog Switch-Off


Terrestrial transmission systems of digital television
 
1.1 Africa
Countries & TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - DASO
AlgeriaDVB-T2009/07_D2014
AngolaDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
BeninDVB-T adopted
BotswanaDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
2013_D
Burkina FasoRRC06
BurundiRRC06
CameroonRRC06
Cape VerdeDVB-T trial broadcasts
Central African RepublicRRC06
ChadRRC06
Comoros (incl. Mayotte)RRC06
Congo, Democratic Republic of theDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
Congo, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)RRC06
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)RRC06
DjiboutiRRC06
EgyptDVB-T adopted
Equatorial Guinea 
EritreaRRC06
EthiopiaRRC06
GabonRRC06
GambiaRRC06
GhanaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2008_A
2010_D
2013
Guinea 
Guinea-Bissau 
KenyaDVB-T2009/12/09_D2015
LesothoDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
LiberiaRRC06
LibyaDVB-T adopted
MadagascarDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
MalawiDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
MaliRRC06
MauritaniaRRC06
MauritiusDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2001_T
1999_A
2005/09/30_D
2011
MoroccoDVB-T2007/01_T
2007/02_D
2015
MozambiqueDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
2013_D
NamibiaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2005/02/18_D2005
NigerRRC06
NigeriaDVB-T2010_D2015
Réunion 
RwandaRRC06
São Tomé and Príncipe 
Sahara, Democratic Arab Republic (Western Sahara) 
Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) 
SenegalRRC06
SeychellesDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
Sierra Leone 
SomaliaRRC06
South AfricaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2000/02_T
2009/03_D
2013/12
SudanRRC06
SwazilandDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar)DVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
TogoRRC06
TunisiaDVB-T2001_T
2009_D
2015
UgandaDVB-T2009_T
2010_D
2012/12
ZambiaDVB-T22010/11/25_A
2011/07/01_D
ZimbabweDVB-T2 adopted2010/11/25_A
2013_D
 
 
1.2 Asia
Countries & TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - DASO
Afghanistan 
BahrainDVB-T2009_D
BangladeshDVB-T adopted2015
Bhutan 
Brunei (Negara Brunei Darussalam)DVB-T2006/01_T
2005/08/29_A
2008/08_D
2014
CambodiaDVB-T adopted2007/05_A2015
China, People's Republic of (incl. Tibet)DMB-T/H2005_T
2006/08/18_A
2008_D
2015-2018
East Timor (Timor-Leste) 
Hong KongDMB-T/H2006/08/18_A
2007/12/31_D
2012
IndiaDVB-T adopted2000_T
1999/07/08_A
Indonesia (incl. Irian Jaya)DVB-T adopted2007/05_A2017
IranDVB-T adopted2006_T
2001_A
2009_D
Iraq 
JapanISDB-T2003/12_D2011/07/24
JordanRRC06
Korea, North 
Korea, SouthATSC1997/11/21_A
2001_D
2012/12/31
KuwaitRRC06
KyrgyztanRRC06
LaosDVB-T adopted2007/05_A2015
LebanonRRC06
Macao (Macau)DMB-T/H adopted2006/08/18_A
MalaysiaDVB-T2006/09_T
2005/08/29_A
2010_D
2015
MaldivesISDB-T adopted2011/10/19_A
MongoliaDVB-T2 adopted2011/11/22_A2014/06/30
MyanmarDVB-T2005/08/29_A
2005_D
Nepal 
OmanRRC06
Pakistan 
Palestinian territories 
PhilippinesISDB-T adopted2007/01_T
2010/06/10_A
2015/12/31
QatarRRC06
Saudi ArabiaDVB-T2004_T
2006/06/11_D
SingaporeDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
2000/12_T
1999_A
2002_D
2017
Sri LankaDVB-T adopted
DVB-T2 adopted
2008/01/23_T
2009/08/27_A
2011_D
2017
SyriaRRC06
TaiwanDVB-T2001_T
2001_A
2004/06_D
2010
Tajikistan 
ThailandDVB-T adopted
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
2007/05_A2015
Turkmenistan 
United Arab Emirates, UAE (incl. the Emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai)DVB-T trial broadcasts2007_T
UzbekistanRRC06
VietnamDVB-T2001_T
2007/05_A
2015
Yemen (incl. Socotra)RRC06
 
 
1.3 Australia and Oceania
Countries & TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - DASO
AustraliaDVB-T1998_T
2001_D
2013/12
Cook Islands (incl. Tokelau) 
Easter Island 
Fiji Islands 
French Polynesia (incl. Tahiti) 
Guam 
Kiribati (Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, Line Islands) 
Marshall Islands 
Micronesia (Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands) 
Nauru 
New Caledonia 
New ZealandDVB-T2008/04/02_D2012/09-
2013/12/01
Niue 
Norfolk Island 
Northern Mariana Islands 
Palau 
Papua New Guinea 
Pitcairn 
Samoa 
Samoa, American 
Solomon Islands 
Tonga 
Tuvalu 
Vanuatu 
Wallis and Futuna Islands 
 
 
1.4 Europe
Countries & TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - DASO
AlbaniaDVB-T2007_T
2004/07_D
AndorraDVB-T2005/08_D2007/09/25
ArmeniaRRC062015
AustriaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2004_T
2001_A
2006/10/26_D
2007-
2011/06/06
AzerbaijanDVB-T2004/09_T
2009_D
2015
BelarusDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
2004/12/28_T
2005/07_D
2015
BelgiumDVB-T2002_T
2002_A
2003/07_D
2011/11
Bosnia and HerzegovinaDVB-T adopted
BulgariaDVB-T adopted2012
CroatiaDVB-T2005/06_T
2007_D
2010/10/05
CyprusDVB-T trial broadcasts2011
Czech RepublicDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2000_T
2005/10/21_D
2011/11/11
DenmarkDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
1999_T
2000/12_A
2006/03/31_D
2009/10/31
EstoniaDVB-T2004/05/07_T
2006/12/15_D
2010/06
Faroe IslandsDVB-T2002_T
2002/12_D
2002/12
Finland (incl. Åland Islands)DVB-T1999_T
2001/08_D
2007/09/01
FranceDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
2005/01/17_T
2000/08_A
2005/03/31_D
2009/11-
2011/11/30
GeorgiaRRC06
GermanyDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
2002_A
2002/11_D
2008/11/25
GreeceDVB-T2006/01/16_T
2008/11/01_D
2012
HungaryDVB-T1999_T
2004_A
2008/12/01_D
2011/12/31
IcelandDVB-T trial broadcasts
Ireland, Republic ofDVB-T2006_T
2001/03_A
2010/10/29_D
2012
IsraelDVB-T2004_T
2009/08/02_D
2011/03/30
ItalyDVB-T1998_T
2001_A
2003/12_D
2010-2012
KazakhstanRRC06
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
LatviaDVB-T2002_T
2000_A
2009/08_D
2010/04/01-
2010/06/01
LiechtensteinRRC06
LithuaniaDVB-T2003_T
2006/06_D
2012/10
LuxembourgDVB-T2002/07/01_T
2006/04_D
2006
MacedoniaDVB-T2004/12/14_T
2009/09_D
2012
MaltaDVB-T2004_T
2005/07/01_D
2010
Moldova (Republic of Moldova)DVB-T trial broadcasts2003/09_T
MonacoDVB-T
MontenegroDVB-T2 adopted2008_T
2011/03/09_A
2012/07/01_D
2012/12/31
Netherlands (Holland)DVB-T1998_T
1999_A
2003/04_D
2006/12/11
Norway (incl. Svalbard and Jan Mayen)DVB-T2000/06_T
2002_A
2007/09/01_D
2008/03/04-
2009
PolandDVB-T2001/11_T
2003_A
2010/09/30_D
2011/06/30-
2013/07/31
Portugal (incl. Azores and Madeira)DVB-T1998_T
2000_A
2009/04/29_D
2012/01/12-
2012/04/26
RomaniaDVB-T adopted2005/12_T
2000_A
2013
RussiaDVB-T
DVB-T2
2005_T
2003/12_A
2008_D
2015
San MarinoRRC06
SerbiaDVB-T22005/05/10_T
2011/03_A
2012/03/21_D
2012/04/04
SlovakiaDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
1999_T
2001_A
2010/01_D
2011/03/09-
2011/08
SloveniaDVB-T2001/09_T
2007_D
2010/12/01
Spain (incl. Canary Islands)DVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
1997_T
1998/10_A
2000/05_D
2010/04/03
SwedenDVB-T
DVB-T2
1999/04/01_T
1997/05_A
1999/09_D
2007/10/15
SwitzerlandDVB-T
DVB-T2 trial broadcasts
2000_T
2003_D
2008/02/25
TurkeyDVB-T adopted2006/02/03_T
2004/09_A
2009_D
UkraineDVB-T
DVB-T2 adopted
2002_T
2006/01_A
2006/06_D
2014-2015
United Kingdom (Great Britain [England, Scotland, Wales] and Northern Ireland) with Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey) and Isle of ManDVB-T
DVB-T2
1996_T
1996/07_A
1998/11_D
2007-
2012/12/31
 
 
1.5 North America
Countries & TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - DASO
Anguilla 
Antigua and Barbuda 
Aruba 
Bahamas 
Barbados 
BelizeSBTVD-T adopted2010_A
Bermuda IslandsDVB-T2007/07_D
British Virgin Islands 
CanadaATSC1997/11/08_A
2003_D
2011
Cayman Islands 
Costa RicaSBTVD-T adopted2010/04/29_A
2011_D
2018
Cuba 
CuraçaoDVB-T2007/11_D
Dominica 
Dominican RepublicATSC adopted2009_T
2010/08/10_A
2015
El SalvadorATSC2009/04/22_A
2010/02_D
2012-2014
GreenlandDVB-T
Grenada 
Guadeloupe 
GuatemalaATSC2006_D
Haiti 
HondurasATSC2007/01/16_A
2007_D
2017-2022
Jamaica 
Martinique 
MexicoATSC2004/07/02_A
2006_D
2015
Montserrat 
NicaraguaSBTVD-T adopted2010/08/17_A
PanamaDVB-T2009/05/12_A
2009/12/10_D
Puerto RicoATSC1996/12/24_A
Saint Kitts and Nevis 
Saint Lucia 
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 
Sint Maarten [Saint-Martin]DVB-T2007/11_D
Trinidad and TobagoDVB-T2009/10_D
Turks and Caicos Islands 
United States of America, USA (incl. Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands and Wake Island)ATSC1996/12/24_A
2000_D
2009/02/17-
2009/06/12
Virgin Islands of the United States 
 
 
1.6 South America
Countries & TerritoriesSystem statusT - A - DASO
ArgentinaSBTVD-T adopted2009/08/28_A2019
BoliviaSBTVD-T2010/07/05_A
2012/05/10_D
2024
BrazilSBTVD-T2006/06/29_A
2007/12/02_D
2016
ChileSBTVD-T adopted2009/09/14_A
2010_D
2017
ColombiaDVB-T2008/08/28_A
2010/01/29_D
2017-2020
EcuadorSBTVD-T adopted2010/03/26_A
Falkland Islands 
Guiana, French 
Guyana 
ParaguaySBTVD-T adopted2010/06_A
2012/05_D
PeruSBTVD-T2007/10_T
2009/04/23_A
2010/03/30_D
2023
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 
Suriname 
UruguaySBTVD-T adopted2010/12/27_A
2011-2012_D
2014-2015
VenezuelaSBTVD-T adopted2007/06_T
2009/10/06_A
2018


2006/03/03 - last updated: 2012/05/26

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