Harsiarnas 2022, Minister of Communication and Information Asks Broadcasting Institutions to Ensure Availability of Set Top Boxes

The 89th National Broadcasting DAY (Harsiarnas) in 2022 is a momentum for the broadcasting industry in Indonesia to migrate from analog television broadcasting to digital through the Analog Switch Off (ASO) program.

Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate asked public and private broadcasters to ensure the availability of set top boxes so that ASO runs well.

“Today is an extraordinary day, the birthday of broadcasters and we must ensure the availability of good receiving devices, namely the Set Top Box for public television that does not meet the requirements of DVBT2 (Digital Video Broadcasting Second Generation Terrestrial) or digital TV,” he said while attending The highlight of the 89th Harsianas Commemoration in 2022 at The House Convention Hall, Bandung, Friday (1/4).

Johnny stated that the success of the ASO program is a joint duty and responsibility of the government, multiplexing providers, broadcasters and the community.

According to the Minister of Communication and Information, one of the important factors determining the success of ASO is the availability of digital broadcasting infrastructure, namely multiplexing (MUX) and adequate digital infrastructure.

“To the seven multiplexing providers, I certainly hope for the success of digital broadcasting in Indonesia to ensure that the multiplexing infrastructure is well-available,” he said.

Johnny explained the mandate of Law Number 11 of 2020 concerning Job Creation and Government Regulation Number 46 of 2021 concerning Post, Telecommunications and Broadcasting.

The two regulations, according to the Minister of Communication and Information, assign broadcasters and multiplexing providers to ensure the availability of STB for poor families or non-digital television owners in Indonesia.

“I need to emphasize this, it is this commitment that will determine the success or failure of ASO broadcasting Indonesia,” he said.

In PP No 46/2021, Johnny stated that the government’s task would be to assist the provision of STB in the ASO program. Therefore, the Minister of Communication and Information encourages broadcasters in Indonesia to help the public to welcome the digital era.

“Multiplexing organizers who have received multiplexing governance authority, both LPP TVRI and seven LPS to ensure that television sets that do not meet the requirements of DVBT2 or digital TV are immediately installed and ready to participate together in welcoming the new era of digitizing our national television,” he said.

The Minister of Communication and Information stated that the history of the Indonesian broadcasting industry has gone through three phases. The first phase begins with SRV, which is the first radio in Indonesia as a radio for struggle and movement.

“The first phase is the struggle phase of the movement, where broadcasters also take part as radio fighters, which is marked by the proclamation of our independence, the decolonization of our political sovereignty as a nation,” he said.

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According to Johnny, the second phase of maritime sovereignty, known as the struggle for the role of Prime Minister Djuanda, resulted in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982. The second phase established Indonesia as an archipelagic country.

“Where the sea between in and around Indonesia is the sovereign territory of the Republic of Indonesia. And now we are entering a phase in the third era of sovereignty, digital sovereignty,” he explained.

The third phase, according to the Minister of Communication and Information, is the era of digital sovereignty or extraterritorial digitization. Minister Johnny stated that one of the important elements in realizing digital sovereignty is the migration of analog broadcasting to digital.

“Indonesia’s commitment to the United Nations ITU (International Telecommunication Union) should have carried out ASO in 2015. Although we will be delayed a bit, 2022 is Indonesia’s momentum to ensure that November 2, 2022 is ASO and Indonesia can start full digital broadcasts later,” he explained.

The Minister of Communication and Information hopes that the successful implementation of the ASO program throughout the country will allow the public to enjoy better broadcast quality. More than that, Johnny stated that the community will be a part of realizing a national digital transformation.

“We hope that later television will have cleaner pictures, clearer voices, advanced technology, which can be watched by viewers who still believe that television is a trusted media broadcaster in Indonesia,” he said.

The Minister of Communication and Information emphasized that the digital era is determined by the readiness of broadcasters in the success of the ASO program. Especially in providing STB to people who are entitled to receive it.

“Once again, the key to the success of the new era of national television as the tagline for the 2022 National Broadcasting Day is the transformation of digital broadcasting,” he said.

The Minister of Communication and Informatics reiterated the readiness of broadcasters to ensure that multiplexing infrastructure is properly deployed in all broadcast areas and that receiving equipment will be the key to successful broadcasting digitization.

“Especially for the poor, it is really provided by presenting an installed STB, which allows receivers for the poor and television receivers in Indonesia to be all ready to become digital television,” he said.

Johnny stated that the Ministry of Communication and Informatics has launched three stages of ASO including the first stage on April 30, 2022, the second stage on August 25, 2022 and the third stage on November 2, 2022.

“Hopefully these three stages will run smoothly. As for the smoothness and success, it is very much determined by our joint work with the central government, the Ministry of Communications and Informatics and local governments throughout Indonesia. This includes close work with multiplexing LPP organizers, LPS, local broadcasters, and community broadcasters,” he said. (RO/OL-7)

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