Anacom to issue two DTT licences

Portuguese telecom regulator Anacom has been approached by more than ten companies interested in launching Digital Terrestrial Television in the country according to the web site Portugal Telecom (PT), Sonaecom, AR Telecom, France’s TDF, Retevision, RTP, Impresa, Media Capital, Cofina and Controlinveste have all expressed interest in the introduction of DTT in Portugal.
The first DTT signals should be on the air in January 2008 and the rollout will continue on a progressive basis as existing analogue transmissions are replaced.
Mario Freitas, the head of DTT at Anacom, is reported to have said that Anacom will issue two DTT licenses, one for free-to-air channels such as RTP, 2, SIC and TV1 and the second for a pay-TV service.
Item added: 13th November 2006