Gambian govt, PURA process TV broadcasting licence applications

Friday 12 January 2018 | 11:10 CET | News

The Gambian ICT ministry and industry regulator PURA are processing applications for TV licences following the adoption of the Digital Broadcasting Policy (DBP) by the cabinet, The Point reported. Finance Minister Amadou Sanneh said the policy will guide the implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) and set out a prudent approach towards the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in terms of increased revenue generation and employment opportunities for young people. 

The first private television station, QTV, went on air in November 2017.

In repealing the ICT Act of 2009 and amending media laws, the ministry will enact a Freedom of Information Act to improve access to information and ensure freedom of expression, he said. Sanneh said that the ICT Agency Bill has been drafted and will be presented to the National Assembly for adoption.

Turning to Gamtel, he said that following the successful implementation of the ECOWAN fibre optic cable project, Gamtel was in the process of implementing the National Broadband Network (NBN) to provide fibre to communities to help bridge the digital divide. He noted that GAMTEL has taken over the management of the International Gateway, and Cabinet approval has been granted to liberalise the International Call Gateway effective 2018.


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Categories: Broadcast & Satellite / Fixed
Companies: Gamtel
Countries: Gambia
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