Portugal Telecom has until Jan to launch pay-TV on DTT

From Branislav Pekic in Rome

Portugal Telecom has less than two months to start commercial exploitation of pay-TV services on Digital Terresterial Television (DTT).

The Portuguese operator has to move forward with this project by 31 January 2010 or risks losing their license won in an open tender organised by the country's telecommunications regulator Anacom.

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Lisbon, Portugal Telecom CEO, Zeinal Bava, revealed that they are discussing with Anacom the change in market conditions that impact the implementation of DTT. “The market has changed considerably, there was a change in circumstances we are discussing with the regulator,” he said, adding that it was necessary to review the original conditions of the tender.

Portugal Telecom claims it had two thirds of the population or 65 per cent of the territory covered with a DTT signal in November.

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