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May 31, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with the Maldives: Introducing Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial television services to reduce information disparities and improve disaster-preparedness

photosigning ceremony

On May 30, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Maldives to provide grant aid of up to 2.792 billion yen for assistance for the Project for the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Network Development.

This project will provide an Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) television network throughout the Maldives, making information more accessible to residents and reducing information disparities among islands. This initiative will also advance the speedy communication of emergency warning information as a measure against climate change and to strengthen disaster preparedness.

In the Republic of Maldives, composed of some 1,190 atolls, public and private broadcasting companies has provided analog terrestrial television services, and with a coverage of 83.2 percent of the population, television is a primary means for residents to access information. However, as the private broadcasters provide service only to the capital island of Malé and its surrounding islands, there are information disparities among islands, a major challenge. To reduce such information disparities and improve access to information, an expansion in broadcasting services must be made by, for example, increasing the number of channels providing the local language programs in outlying islands. Additionally, building the infrastructure required to provide prompt and detailed meteorological and emergency warning information, such as evacuation instructions during an emergency, is a priority particularly because, as an island country, the Maldives has a high latent risk of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding, and the rising sea levels caused by climate change. To address these issues, a digital terrestrial television network is needed that enables joint transmission (shared use of a radio transmission tower) by terrestrial broadcasters, channel multiplexing, and providing various types of data broadcasting, including emergency warning information.

This project will increase the terrestrial television coverage to at least 90 percent of the country’s population and increase the number of channels available on outlying islands from one to eight. These measures are expected to reduce the information disparities among islands, provide programs that reflect local needs, and improve access to meteorological and emergency warning information.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Maldives
Project title Project for the Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Network Development
Planned implementation period 23 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Public Service Media (PSM)
Target region, facilities The Maldives (nationwide)
Specific project details (provisional) 1) Public works and equipment to be procured
Digital terrestrial television platform: digital transmission system (18 digital transmission sites, three relay sites), network operation center equipment, PSM equipment, antenna towers/poles, measurement and maintenance equipment, procurement and installation of spare parts, 21 transmitting station buildings (25.0 square meters each)
2) Consulting services
Detailed design, bidding assistance, procurement management

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