TELECOMS

CAPE VERDE GRANTS TWO CABLE TV LICENCES, ONE WILL DELIVER BY ADSL

  The Cape Verde Government has appointed two subscription TV licences and started to renegotiate the end of incumbent telco CVTelecom's monopoly. The Government has approved the new National Telecoms Policy it wants to start full competition by 1st January 2007. The next international tender will be for the country's second GSM licence.

The two licences have been given to Chinese-owned Cabo Verde Digital, winner of the international tender and CVTelecom.Cabo Verde Digital will be implementing DVB-T with de 30 digital channel. The second winner - incumbent CVTelecom - will deliver terrestrial digital TV on ADSL.

Cabo Verde Digital is a subsidiary of Xiamen Sinonets Electronics, a Chinese company with experience of satellite television in China (see www.chinafujian.com). This licence does not give the operator the right to offer telecoms services. But the CVTelecom licence allows it to offer its subscribers TV channels, Internet, Video on Demand - VOD, interactive services, etc.

The Cape Verdean Parliament also approved the authorization of the act for electronic communications business law which opens the telecommunications market for a full competition by end of 2006. If current negotiations proceed well, it may end as soon as September 2005.

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