RTB’s digital TV broadcasting covers 90% of Belait district

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OVER 90 per cent of areas in the Belait district including the stretch encompassing Seria to Kg Sungai Teraban have been covered for Radio Televisyen Brunei’s (RTB’s) Digital TV Broadcast, said RTB’s supervisory engineer yesterday.

Speaking on the sidelines of an RTB roadshow to promote the Digital TV Broadcast in Mukim Labi, Mohamad Shamsul Hj Sanif said that most areas in the district, including those in the interior areas are already under RTB’s broadcasting coverage.

The roadshow, he said, was selected to be at Mukim Labi yesterday to show to the community that their areas too are able to access the digital TV broadcasting services, given that their TVs are IDTV types that could receive RTB’s digital signal.

They also need to use a UHF aerial to properly receive the signals.

While most of the areas are now able to access the digital signal, Mohamad Shamsul said that there are those areas identified as “blind-spots”, which include those behind the hills where they have yet to cover.

The RTB, he said, is looking to carry out a “field-strength measurement” to see the extent of the coverage of the digital signal to areas in Brunei to ensure which parts of the country are the “blind-spots”.

A “gap-filler” will then be installed, together with an antenna base station to certain areas to boost the signal so it could be extended to these “blind-spots.”

He explained that this “gap-filler” acts in the same way as a “wifi-extender”, with the “gap-filler” specifically dealing with broadcasting digital signals.

Since it was introduced nationwide in 2014, he said RTB digital broadcasting is an initiative to replace the transmission of analog signals in the country.

The termination of analog broadcasting, he said, was agreed upon internationally in the region, where a period of five years, from 2015 to 2020 were given for countries to terminate their analog transmission.

Brunei, he said, has yet to give a definite date on the termination, but the suggested years include this year, 2017 and 2018.

He however hoped that RTB would be able to cover most areas in the country for its digital TV broadcasting soon.

Held at Rempayoh Community Hall Mukim Labi II, the event saw the attendance of the Belait District Officer Hj Haris Hj Othman and Legislative Council members Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Yusof Hj Dulamin and Yang Berhormat Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad, as well as grassroot leaders in Belait.

The Brunei Times