Indonesia Goes To Digital, Is It Needed Or Not?

Posted by Nur Inayah

April 26, 2017

Semarang April 26, 2017- The Department of Communication Science, Universitas Diponegoro in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Directorate General of PPI, Directorate of Broadcasting held a seminar and socialization on Digital TV which was currently being worked on by the Government as a way out of the current Internet power crisis. The event, which was moderated by a Communication lecturer, Agus Naryoso, opened the seminar by inviting students to take an active role in asking questions about Digital TV.

(Undip lecturers and speakers from the Ministry of Communication and Information, Directorate General of PPI, Directorate of Broadcasting in Digital TV Socialization)

The activity, which was held at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UNDIP, was opened by the first speaker, Prof. Dr, Henry Subiakto, SH, MA, who was the Assistant of Minister for Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia in the Field of Law and Professor of Universitas Airlangga. Prof Henry said that the more problems in Indonesia, the more applications were needed and in the current situation, many new applications were emerging and we were short of mega hetz. Therefore, the Government was very aggressive in socializing Broadcasting Digitization, because it had the following objectives:

  1. Usage eficiency of the frequency spectrum
  2. Broadcast industry infrastructure efficiency
  3. Broadcast quality improvement
  4. Maintaining diversity of ownership
  5. Growing the content industry (diversity of content)
  6. Digital dividend (The essence of digitization is frequency compaction)

(the enthusiasm of 250 students who attended the digital TV socialization at the UNDIP FISIP Auditorium)

Currently, there were almost 800 TVs in total, but that was all. KOMINFO had set standards for digitalization efforts and various socialization activities had been carried out but still failed. It was because TV had not only about business content but also politics. The Legal basis for the Digital TV Broadcast Trial had been regulated through 3 PPs, but when they entered the court, many were lost and cancelled.

What the government wanted was analog to switch off, so that the government could take over the frequency to supply power for mobile phone users in the future. The analog switch off Planning, among others:

  1. task force formation
  2. Migration model determination
  3. ASO timing determination (which is realistic)

Furthermore, the second speaker was Rouli Manalu who invited students to take the Broadcasting Digitization. Kak Rouli saw Broadcasting Digitization as something that could not be avoided, because our social development was in line with technology and on the one hand our need for telecommunications was growing, but currently we were in a period where we lacked of spectrum. It was because we still depended a lot on wireless broadway. However, Kak Rouli saw that the digitization process had other stakeholders who had different interests. So, theoretically when there were rules or regulations regarding technology, the approach that must be taken was a multi-stakeholder approach. This was an approach that had been done a lot because it saw many different interests and talked about how to manage digitization. Government regulations should include the initiation of many stakeholders to make regulations. So that, the standards set could be adhered to and could be realized for future communication

Furthermore, the material on Career Outlook in facing the Digital Era of 2017 was presented by Mr. Dedy Ristanto who stated that the advantages of Digital TV were in the better quality of images and reduced noise. When Digital TV developed, many new TV channels appeared and clearly opened up opportunities for many workers. Business opportunities in the field of production houses, the manufacture of audio, video and multimedia applications, the soap opera industry, films, entertainment, comedy and the like. As a Communication student, they would certainly be needed a lot in producing contents.

The “Indonesia Goes to Digital” Digital TV Seminar was closed by Ir. Hardijanto Saroso, MMT, MM who explained the material about The Migration of Indonesia Media Indonesia. In his material, Mr. Hardijanto said that Migration in the Media was something that was being worked on and could not be avoided. In the future, physical media would  decrease or even stop. It was because there was lot of informatino needed but it must be supported by an efficient power supply.



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