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DTT: Uruguay Regains Common Sense
 
Mujica's administration backs down from the DVB-T standard and finally goes for the Japanese-Brazilian one.
 
By OMAR MÉNDEZ
Brazil's and Uruguay's government are finally playing the same tune. Mujica went back on a decision imposed by his predecessor to avoid trouble.
 
Colombia has been left all alone in South America. The coffee country had an opportunity to bury its ill-born agreement with the European Union and yet wasted it. The same cannot be said of Uruguay. As if regaining common sense after its absurd flings with the DVB-T standard, the Uruguayan president has taken the expected and most logical step. The country has decanted on the Japanese-Brazilian standard to start structuring its DTT history.
 
José Mujica announced the news surrounded by a team of ministers and reminded that the decision was based on "Uruguay's integrationist will, both with the region and the Mercosur." Patently obvious political reasoning behind an economically and technically forced decision: were there really any heavy reasons to keep on sustaining a messy project built by the Tabaré Vazquez administration? The country's former president and his irresponsible trick made Uruguay the first country in the region to choose a digital terrestrial television standard. The country announced it with strange pride, as if the region were immersed in an alpha male race, ignoring that these decisions are based on multiple factors and not on First World economic promises. A project like this should necessarily -and at least- be sustainable, technically tested and must match the economic scale one counts with. None of these aspects justified Vazquez's choice.
 
Uruguay's revision of its DVB-T choice and its official decision for the ISDB-T standard were announced at a press conference at the country's government headquarters at the Executive Tower. The event was attended by ministers Luis Almargo (Foreign Affairs) and Roberto Kreimerman (Industry), as well as the presidency's Assistant Secretary Diego Cánepa, among other officers. Uruguay also announced that the government had already started implementations for a DTT pilot plan, supported by the European Union with 690,000 euros in funding.
 
Kreimerman assures that Uruguayans will start receiving digital television signals by the end of next year and 2012, scheduling its "analog blackout" for 2014-2015. From an inherited failure and sense of doom, the Uruguayan executive branch has finally taken a nonstop trip toward excessive optimism.
 
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