Applications from cable TV operators invited
ISLAMABAD- The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), invited applications for developing and establishing a cable TV distribution service in the country. The invitation of these proposals is in pursuance of The Federal Cabinet’s decision for regulating the operation of satellite cable TV distribution systems.
The cabinet in its meeting, chaired by Gen Pervez Musharraf, decided to regulate the cable TV business and had directed the PTA to invite applications from interested parties in this regard. The cabinet subsequently set up an inter-ministerial committee, comprising ministries of communications, finance, information and media development and culture to review the rules and parameters that would need to be met before licenses are issued.
According to the announcement, only registered companies having a good reputation and having the financial capability, technical know-how and experience, to develop and establish satellite cable TV distribution network, can apply. Companies that are already operating such systems may also apply after fulfilling these requirements.
The applications, containing the requisite information and accompanied by documents substantiating their claims, may be submitted to the Authority along with the fees.
The PTA offices in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad offices have been authorized to deal with these cases.
According to estimates, over 500,000 households are at present benefiting from the cable system. The government has, however, not yet decided whether to allow private television stations to operate in the country.