The consortium chosen to develop digital terrestrial television (DTT) in Ireland has been told by the The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to make progress with its plans as a matter of urgency. It has written to the OneVision consortium, requesting that contracts for DTT be signed within the next couple of weeks. It was originally expected that contracts would be signed in September.
OneVision is backed by Eircom, transmission specialist Arqiva, TV3 and Setanta.
Reports in Ireland say that the process was now at a ''critical'' stage, similar to the stage when the first consortium quit the process. One of the sticking points for OneVision appears to be a E20 million guarantee being sought by RTE. The broadcaster is to build the DTT network at a cost of more than E100 million and wants to ensure that the commercial backers will stick with the project.