Philippines’ People’s Television Network to use digital terrestrial TV for public broadcasting

The equipment will ensure that access to information is reliably maintained, especially during times of emergency.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Jan. 26, 2017

(From left to right) Dino Apolonio, General Manager of the People's Television Network, Inc. and Elizabeth Pangan, President of NEC Philippines. Credit: NEC

The People's Television Network, Inc. (PTNI) - the public broadcasting service of the Philippine government - has signed a contract with NEC Philippines to provide equipment for its digital terrestrial TV (DTTV) project.

This contract supports the expansion of digital terrestrial TV broadcasting in the Philippines, which has been gaining momentum since November 2013, when the country adopted the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting Technologies (ISDB-T) standard.

PTNI will introduce DTTV transmitters and compression multiplexers across six locations in the Philippines in July this year. The locations include Manila, Baguio, Naga, Guimaras, Cebu, and Davao. NEC will also provision and install the units, as well as training personnel.

"As part of NEC's focus on providing Solutions for Society, this equipment will help to ensure that broadcasting and access to information is reliably maintained, especially during times of emergency, such as when powerful storms strike the region," said Elizabeth Pangan, President of NEC Philippines, in a press release.

NEC has been providing DTTV transmitters for international markets since 1998. So far, it has shipped more than 4,500 transmitters to over 50 countries throughout the world.