Tenants are switched on to digital

ANALOGUE television signals are not being switched off in Suffolk for another two years - but tenants of one landlord in the county have already made the leap to digital.

ANALOGUE television signals are not being switched off in Suffolk for another two years - by tenants of one landlord in the county have already made the leap to digital.

Nearly 1,000 tenants are enjoying the benefits ahead of the area's official switchover after Suffolk Housing Society became the region's first major landlord to change from analogue.

The society has invested around �80,000 completing the work at 933 of its properties across the eastern region before the analogue signal is switched off in 2011.

The majority of the work has been carried out in flats which share a communal aerial system, while a handful of properties, run on behalf of the society by other organisations such as Mencap, have also benefited.

The work to install new aerials, which was completed by East Anglian firm Sound and Vision, would have cost the tenants around �85 each had they funded it privately.

Steve Clarke, chief executive of Suffolk Housing Society, said: “We are pleased that our tenants are now benefiting from digital TV ahead of the official switchover.

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“We carried out the work in all of our properties which have a communal system, many of which are home to some of our older and more vulnerable tenants.”

In line with Government policy, the analogue signal will be switched off region by region, with Anglia due to change in 2011. The whole country will be using a digital service by 2012.

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