ASO important for expediting Internet access: ministry

Our brothers and sisters on the border are having trouble receiving the signal, the remaining frequencies will be diverted to expand access to the Internet.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Communications and Informatics is convinced that the implementation of Analog Switch Off (ASO) and Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting is necessary to expand internet access in Indonesia.

“Our brothers and sisters on the border have difficulty receiving the signal, the remaining frequencies will be diverted to expand access to the Internet,” informed the ministry’s expert Rosarita Niken Widiastuti during the webinar “Information about ASO and assistance ceremony”. STB Kominfo with Central Java House of Representatives I Commission” on Monday.

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Indonesia will enter the era of digital broadcasting this year, marked by the transition from analog to digital broadcasting in the Greater Jakarta area from November 2, 2022.

ASOs represent not only a change in terrestrial television broadcast technology, but also a part of the spectrum layout, a limited natural resource that is much needed in the world of telecommunications.

According to the ministry, there are 697 television stations in Indonesia. Prior to the ASO policy, each television station required one frequency for television broadcasts.

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Analog television broadcasts in Indonesia use the entire 700 MHz frequency spectrum allocation. Digital broadcasting, once fully implemented, is expected to make spectrum usage more efficient, with 6 to 12 channels using a single frequency.

This will further ensure spectrum efficiency or the digital dividend.

The government plans to use ASO’s digital dividend to speed up 4G internet access as the 700 MHz frequency has wide coverage. The digital dividend can also be used to expand 5G coverage.

The government will also use the digital dividend to spread disaster information. When installing a digital TV or set-top box, people will need to enter their postcode.

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They will receive notifications during television broadcasts if a disaster occurs in their area of ​​residence.

The transition from analog to digital television broadcasting is one of the agreements reached by members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency that oversees matters related to information technology and communications.

Digital broadcasting provides a cleaner picture and clearer sound compared to analogue transmissions.

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