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ATSC, DVB-T and ISDB-T

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The following review compares the worldwide digital broadcasting systems ATSC, DVB-T and ISDB-T. (January 2007)



1. Digital broadcasting systems for terrestrial television (January 2007)

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Dated: September 2006, Source: DVB Project

Brief overview
SystemExplanation
DVB-TBroadcasting via DVB-T is actively in use.
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
DVB-T adopted: Countries which have adopted the DVB-T system.

RRC06: The 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.
DVB-T trial broadcastsThose countries undertake trials with DVB-T.
ATSCBroadcasting via the ATSC system is actively in use.
ATSC adoptedCountries which have adopted the ATSC system.
ISDB-TBroadcasting via ISDB-T is actively in use.
SBTVD-T adoptedCountries which have adopted the SBTVD-T system.
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedNo formal adoption of a DTT standard. Commercial DVB-T services.
Commercial DVB-T servicesNo formal adoption of a DTT standard.
 Undecided countries.

Terrestrial transmission systems of digital television
ContinentSystemCountries & Territories
Africa
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Algeria
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Angola
 Benin (formerly Dahomey)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Botswana
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Burkina Faso
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Burundi
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Cameroon
DVB-T trial broadcastsCape Verde
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Central African Republic
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Chad
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Comoros (incl. Mayotte)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Congo, Democratic Republic of the (formerly Zaire)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Congo, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Djibouti
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Egypt
 Equatorial Guinea
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Eritrea
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Ethiopia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Gabon
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Gambia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Ghana
 Guinea
 Guinea-Bissau
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Kenya
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Lesotho
 Liberia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Libya
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Madagascar
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Malawi
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Mali
 Mauritania
DVB-TMauritius
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Morocco
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Mozambique
DVB-TNamibia
 Niger
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Nigeria
 Réunion
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Rwanda
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Sahara, Democratic Arab Republic (Western Sahara)
 Saint Helena (Ascension and Tristan da Cunha)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Senegal
 Seychelles
 Sierra Leone
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Somalia
DVB-T trial broadcastsSouth Africa
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Sudan
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Swaziland
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Tanzania
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Tanzania - Unguja Island (formerly Zanzibar) and Pemba
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Togo
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Tunisia
 Uganda
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Zambia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Zimbabwe
 
Antarctica   Antarctica
 
Asia
 Afghanistan
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Bahrain
 Bangladesh
 Bhutan
DVB-T trial broadcastsBrunei (Negara Brunei Darussalam)
 Cambodia
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedChina, People's Republic of (incl. Tibet)
 East Timor (Timor-Leste)
 Hong Kong
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
India
DVB-T trial broadcastsIndonesia (incl. Irian Jaya)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Iran
 Iraq
ISDB-TJapan
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Jordan
 Korea, North
ATSCKorea, South
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Kuwait
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Kyrgyztan
DVB-T trial broadcastsLaos
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Lebanon
DMB-T and DMB-H announcedMacao (Macau)
DVB-T trial broadcastsMalaysia
 Maldives
 Mongolia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
 Nepal
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Oman
 Pakistan
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Philippines
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Qatar
DVB-TSaudi Arabia
DVB-TSingapore
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Socotra
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Syria
DVB-TTaiwan
 Tajikistan
DVB-T trial broadcastsThailand (formerly Siam)
 Turkmenistan
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
United Arab Emirates, UAE (incl. the Emirates Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Uzbekistan
DVB-T trial broadcastsVietnam
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Yemen
 
Australia
and
Oceania
DVB-TAustralia
 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
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
New Zealand
 Niue
 Norfolk Island
 Northern Mariana Islands
 Palau
 Papua New Guinea
 Pitcairn
 Samoa
 Samoa, American
 Solomon Islands
 Tonga
 Tuvalu
 Vanuatu
 Wallis and Futuna Islands
 
Europe
DVB-TAlbania
DVB-TAndorra
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Armenia
DVB-TAustria
DVB-TAzerbaijan
DVB-T trial broadcastsAzores
DVB-T trial broadcastsBelarus
DVB-TBelgium
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Bosnia and Herzegovina
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Bulgaria
DVB-T trial broadcastsCanary Islands
DVB-TChannel Islands
DVB-T trial broadcastsCroatia
DVB-T trial broadcastsCyprus
DVB-TCzech Republic
DVB-TDenmark
DVB-TEstonia
DVB-TFaroe Islands
DVB-TFinland
DVB-TFrance
DVB-TFrance - Corsica
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Georgia
DVB-TGermany
DVB-TGibraltar
DVB-TGreece
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Greece - Crete
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Hungary
DVB-T trial broadcastsIceland
DVB-T trial broadcastsIreland, Republic of
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Israel
DVB-TItaly
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Kazakhstan
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Latvia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Liechtenstein
DVB-TLithuania
DVB-TLuxembourg
DVB-T trial broadcastsMacedonia
DVB-T trial broadcastsMadeira
DVB-TMalta
DVB-T trial broadcastsMoldova (Republic of Moldova)
DVB-TMonaco
DVB-T trial broadcastsMontenegro
DVB-TNetherlands (Holland)
DVB-TNorway
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Poland
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Portugal
DVB-T trial broadcastsRomania
DVB-TRussia
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
San Marino
DVB-T trial broadcastsSerbia
DVB-T trial broadcastsSlovakia
DVB-T trial broadcastsSlovenia
DVB-TSpain
DVB-TSweden
DVB-TSwitzerland
DVB-T trial broadcastsTurkey
DVB-T adopted or
RRC06 participant
Ukraine
DVB-TUnited Kingdom (Great Britain [England, Scotland, Wales] and Northern Ireland)
DVB-TVatican City
 
North America
 Anguilla
 Antigua and Barbuda
 Aruba
 Bahamas
 Barbados
 Belize
 Bermuda Islands
 British Virgin Islands
ATSCCanada
 Cayman Islands
 Costa Rica
 Cuba
 Dominica
 Dominican Republic
 El Salvador
DVB-TGreenland
 Grenada
 Guadeloupe
 Guatemala
 Haiti
 Honduras
 Jamaica
 Martinique
ATSCMexico
 Montserrat
 Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten [Saint-Martin])
 Nicaragua
 Panama
 Puerto Rico
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Lucia
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Trinidad and Tobago
 Turks and Caicos Islands
ATSCUnited States of America, USA (incl. Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands and Wake Island)
 Virgin Islands of the United States
 
South America
Commercial DVB-T servicesArgentina
 Bolivia
SBTVD-T adoptedBrazil
 Chile
 Colombia
 Ecuador
 Falkland Islands
 Guiana, French
 Guyana
Commercial DVB-T servicesParaguay
 Peru
 Suriname
 Uruguay
 Venezuela


2006/03/03 - last updated: 2007/01/18

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