As the Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF Caribbean) comes to a close, decision makers in the region continued to examine issues concerning the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

Jointly organised by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO),  the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), and supported by the CTU, the DBSF Caribbean has brought together senior technologists, regulators, and broadcasters.

DBSF Caribbean provided two days of ‘fruitful deliberations’ as mentioned in the keynote address by Hon Dr Edmond A. Mansoor, Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology of the Office of Prime Minister, Antigua & Barbuda.

Dr Mansoor also stated “I am certain that the complexities of the digital switchover will appear less overwhelming at the end of this conference. The views, opinions and guidance of the event will serve us well at a time when we have to make a range of decisions:from the standard for adoption to the mechanisms of re-allocating the spectrum.”

In his closing remarks, Patrick Cozier from CBU said that he was ‘delighted’ at the level of engagement.

The Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum has been a successful annual forum for over the last five years, and provides theplatform for governments, regulators and various other ICT stakeholders to discuss issues and challenges in implementing a successful digital migration strategy.

The 2012 DBSF Forum in the Caribbean ran from 13th-14th August in Antigua.