Government to issue licences to cable operators -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Government to issue licences to cable operators

QUETTA- The government has decided to issue licences to cable operators with a view to promoting cable television for good purposes. This was stated by Mian M Javaid, Chairman Pakistan telecommunication Authority (PTA) while talking to a group of reporters.

He said the government has issued licenses to six companies in Quetta for providing cable service to the people. He said the government has issued rules for cable TV operation and licences have been issued under this policy. To give them a fair deal, the government has launched monitoring committee. He said at the federal level he will head the committee and representatives from each provinces will be included therein.

“We have not improved law-enforcement agencies for the screening of clean and healthy channels but the committees of eminent citizens will give us advice to improve the performance of cable TV,” he said. He said no porno channel will be screened by any cable TV operator otherwise his licence will be cancelled and legal actions will also be taken against such operator.

He disclosed the government has allowed the use of Internet at the cable TV replying to a question the PTA chairman said the authority is consider to further cable the rate of internet for its promotion in the country.

He said PTA has authorized PTCL for the installation of mobile phones. Two systems are in operation. One is Surrjya and another is Irridium, for providing mobile phones. About satellite phone, he said handset or the instrument will cost Rs 30,000 and per minute charges will be half a dollar.

These will be reduced ten times in the next two years, he said and added satellite phone handset would be small with a bit long antenna.
Source: The News
Date:11/2/2000