Ahmad Shabery (right) having a light moment with Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd deputy project director Mohamed Redzwan Yahya after launching the MYTV digital terrestrial TV services at Sime Darby Convention Centre.
PETALING JAYA: Free-to-air television viewers will have access to more channels and greater interactivity with an impending switch from analogue broadcast to a new era of digital TV.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) project next year would transform Malaysia into an advanced broadcasting hub in the region.
The DTT technology offers high quality TV and radio services, connected services (Catch-Up TV, online games, video-on-demand, T-commerce (television commerce) and soft services (e-learning and SMS voting) via broadband application.
Ahmad Shabery said the idea was mooted when many people asked him to give more time to air parliamentary sittings on TV.
“The Government wants to be open and allow the public to see their MPs debating. But there are constraints including low spectrum and frequency under the analogue broadcast system,” he said in his speech during the MYTV DTT Transformation launch here on Wednesday night.
Puncak Semangat Sdn Bhd director Datuk Hilmi Mohd Noor said the company would ensure that the project would be completed within two years to benefit some six million households in the country.
“DTT services will be rolled out in four phases, starting in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang next year.
“This will be followed by Phase 2 in Sabah and Sarawak, Phase 3 in Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor while the final phase will be implemented in Selangor, Klang Valley, Putrajaya and remaining parts of the country,” he said.
Puncak Semangat, which was awarded a 15-year concession by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, will invest RM2bil to develop DTT infrastructure and facilities.