For Radio Close To U.S. -- Mexico Authorizes Transition To HD
May 21, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
MEXICO's Federal Telecommunications Commission announced last week that it is authorizing radio stations within 320 kilometers (200 miles) from its border with the UNITED STATES to begin transmitting with digital HD Radio technology.
In an official statement, the COFETEL said, (Ed Note: Translated) "Considering the extent of the development and implementation of the IBOC system in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, MEXICO is required to take decisive action so that [the country's AM and FM radio stations] in the zone located within 320 kilometers of the northern border of MEXICO can transmit at the same technological level so that they can provide the benefits of quality service to the radio listening public."
It went on to state that stations that want to transmit with the IBOC (HD Radio) system must request authorization from COFETEL and must commit to assisting the commission in studying the technology.