Everything is made in China lately, including in digital TV network. The most populous country in the world now is also ready to assist Indonesia in developing the network.
In light of this, earlier this month, the Chinese Vice Director of Division of Audiovisual of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Zhou Haiyan, expressed his readiness to support the digital TV cooperation with Indonesia.
"The People`s Republic of China and Indonesia are the world`s most populous countries and, therefore, they have similar requirements in terms of the implementation of digital television network," Zhou said.
He pointed out the implementation of digital TV in China in 2011 reached 1.2 billion households, or 56 percent of the total population of the country. "We have also distributed 1.4 billion sets of set-top box decoders and 1.6 billion transmitters," Zhou said.
Therefore, he noted, China would like to share its broadcasting technology, products, and services with Indonesia. "In 2018, we hope that 100 percent of the population in Indonesia and the People`s Republic of China will be connected with digital TV broadcast," Zhou added.
China Digital TV is the leading provider of conditional access (CA) systems to its home country`s expanding digital cable, satellite, terrestrial, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and mobile television markets. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of content and services to their subscribers and block unauthorized access to their networks.
The China Digital TV, as of December 31, 2011, had installed CA systems at more than 300 digital television network operators across mainland China and shipped approximately 66.2 million CA smart cards. According to third-party data, China Digital TV captured around 57 percent of the market share in smart card shipment in China in 2011.
Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said his office and China Radio Television Equipment Association (CRTA) would cooperate to develop digital television services in Indonesia.
"The cooperation will improve investment partnership between Indonesia and China in the field of broadcasting and telecommunication," the minister said.
Based on a decision made by the members of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), all countries should migrate to digital TV by June 2015, but Indonesia has been allowed to do so by 2018. Meanwhile, an official from TVRI station, Maris Sany, said it was clear at the event that China`s technology was in no way inferior to technology from the West.
"The technology of digital broadcasting from China is extremely advanced, and it is perfect to meet Indonesia`s needs, as there are many stations that cannot rely on analogue broadcasting, especially the secluded regions that are far from satellite towers," Sany added.
TVRI had a monopoly in the country until 1989, when the first commercial station, Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI), began as a local station and was subsequently granted a national license a year later.