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Cape Verde licenses new Internet and cable television operator

The Cape Verdean National Communications Agency (ANAC) has granted a license to SGPM to be a new Internet and cable television operator, the PANA news agency reported Wednesday.

A source from ANAC, the communications sector regulator for the archipelago, said that Sociedade de Gestão e Promoção de Meios - SGPM Comunicações SA had been authorised to operate in those two areas, and had a deadline of 180 days to begin its activities.

The license covers a 10 –year period, and is renewable for a further 10 years at the request of the license-holder.

Telecommunications company Cabo Verde Telecom (fixed, mobile and internet communications) which is owned by Portuguese and Cape Verdean shareholders, was the first operator to provide Internet services to the archipelago in 1998.

There are currently five national Internet service providers: CV Multimédia, CVWiFi, CABOCOM, MB Investimentos and TELMAX.

According to recent figures, at the end of the first half of 2009 the number of Internet users in Cape Verde was 10,750 subscribers in a population of around 500,000 people. Cable television was also launched by CV Telecom in June 2006.

CVXTV, a Chinese investment, launched its cable television activities in 2007, using DVB-T technology to broadcast a digital signal that can be captured by an antenna. According to ANAC figures, the number of cable TV subscribers at the end of 2008 was 4,218.

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