Cable TV operators warned of action -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Cable TV operators warned of action

ISLAMABAD- The Capital Development Authority has asked people to avoid getting cable TV connections from those operators who have not been granted NOC by the CDA for laying cables.

A spokesman for the CDA said action would be taken against those cable operators who had started providing subscribers with connections, without getting NOC.

He said that, ultimately, subscribers would suffer if any action was taken against such cable operators. “Before getting cable TV connections, people should better ascertain whether the concerned operators have been granted NOC by the CDA or not”, he added.

The, spokesman said the Authority had not granted permission to many cable TV operators for laying and operating their network.

A letter issued by the CDA to the cable operators, said the Authority had noticed that some of them were laying underground cables without having a valid licence/NOC from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and permission from the CDA.

The CDA said that since sensitive cable network of PTCL and WAPDA had been laid all over the city, any unauthorised laying of cables by the operators could damage these lines, and vast sums of money would be needed to repair them.

The CDA advised all cable operators to approach the CDA with PTA licence/NOC to obtain line alignment and permission for digging roads, before laying any cables.

Cable operators in Rawalpindi are providing facility for 20 different channels pertaining to different countries to viewers through a cable connection. They charge Rs2000 as installation fee and Rs200 per month as line rent.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/19/2000