During a conversation with Shinzo Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III mentioned that our country will soon be migrating to ISDB-T (Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial) signal from the current analog setup.
According to President Aquino, the determining factor that finally swayed him to give the go signal was the reliability of ISDB-T even during calamities such as the Fukushima incident in Japan.
Before the decision was made, NTC has already zeroed in on two possible candidates; the ISDB-T and Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial 2 (DVB-T2) from Europe. Based on their research, the Japanese standard proves to be the better option as far as the migratory cost is concerned. Moreover, unlike the DVB-T2, the ISDB-T is equipped with early warning mechanism which will come in handy during typhoons and earthquakes.
Although the decision puts the long-delayed transition to digital broadcast one step closer to reality, NTC commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba claims that it will take five more years for the transition to be finished.