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Cantabria invests 6.5 million Euros in the implantation of the TDT
The Council of Industry and Technological Development of the Government of Cantabria invests near 6.5 million Euros in implantació and extension of the TDT in the region

In particular, the department that directs Javier of the Elm tree has destined a total of 2.200.000 Euros to the creation of new reemisores of television as well as to the adjustment of other existing ones.

It has ended at the putting in good condition of twelve centers in the Valley of Villaverde, Viesgo Bridge (the Fasteners), Onlookers, the Dug one, Mioño, Quotation marks, Blacksmith shops, Bejes, Rioturbio, Beyond, Cérdigo and Villaescusa.

To this 4.000.000 Euros are added about that will be destined to the complementary satelite solution to the takeoff of the TDT. The contract for the beginning of this infrastructure or has been adjudged to company SES ASTRA reason why she will be operative in “two or three months”, when the TDT “can be seen in each and every one of the Cantabrian homes”.

This way, and according to it informed today Into the Elm tree in press conference, the infrastructure of the TDT in the Independent Community reaches already to the 88 percent of the Cantabrian population that has the “possibility of acceding to the terrestrial digital television”.

However, the adviser remembered that to catch the signal of the TDT it is necessary to implant a decoder in the houses. In this sense, and after reiterating that “all the homes are covered”, the antenna and the decoder necessary to receive the signal will have a maximum price of 235 Euros, according to assured.

With respect to the data of national penetration of the TDT spread the past month of May from Impels TDT and that assigns to Cantabria a 15 percent, Of the Elm tree it considered that this percentage does not correspond with the “possibility of real access” nor with the “investing effort” of the regional Government to guarantee this access.

Thus, and after remembering that the National Institute of Estadística (INE) based month of May the past --when only there were three transmitting centers-- this penetration around the 20.5 percent, Of the Elm tree considered that “probably” the survey of Impels TDT “is slanted”.

In this sense, it explained that in the “background” of the subject it can have “purely commercial” questions and considered that these data “reflect only one part of the reality of the digital television in Cantabria”.

It added in addition that this survey does not consider the access to the TDT through a system like the cable, where Cantabria presents/displays “one of the majors volumes of penetration” of all Spain. In particular, it is placed in the third position, behind Asturias (31.2%) and of the Basque Country (29.9%), and several points over the average national (14.1%).

In any case, the adviser indicated that the number of Impels TDT is “in clear contradiction” with the survey of the May NSI on equipment and use of Technologies of Information in the homes corresponding to the second semester of 2007 according to which Cantabria, --with a 20.5% of homes that receive the TDT--, it is in ninth position over communities like the Country Vasco or Castilla-La Mancha (with a 14.2% and 14.5% respectively) and only 2.3 points below the average national.

“It is not possible that from December to June, with more cover of signal in the Independent Community and more equipment in the addresses”, it affirmed Of the Elm tree, “is less degree of penetration as it indicates Impels TDT”.

(EP, 18/07/08)

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