Spanish DTT on faster pace than expected

Penetration grew 5% in first half of the year

MADRID -- Digital terrestrial television penetration in Spain grew 5% over the first half of the year, surpassing the government's original target and ensuring that DTT will be available to all Spanish viewers by the analog switch-off in April 2010, industry group Impulsa TDT said Thursday.

Impulsa TDT said that 89% of the population were able to access the more than 20 DTT channels being broadcast at the end of June, 1% more than the target originally established for July 31.

Last month, the northern region of Soria became the first province to be totally wired for DTT.