MYTV, TM ink pact on digital services

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 — MYTV Broadcasting Sdn Bhd and Telekom Malaysia Bhd ™ have signed an agreement worth more than RM1 billion for the provision of infrastructure and network facilities for digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in Malaysia.

MYTV group chief executive officer Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Yaacob said under the agreement, TM would provide MYTV with infrastructure and network services, including terrestrial and satellite distribution network services, for a 15-year period.

“We are pleased that TM, the largest infrastructure services provider, has come on board with us to mark this significant milestone for MYTV to chart the positioning of the channel owners on the DTT platform,” he told the media after the agreement signing here today witnessed by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

In his speech, Ahmad Shabery said the collaboration between TM and MYTV has brought Malaysia a step closer to realising the national vision for DTT.  The agreement entails TM developing a terrestrial distribution network to connect MYTV’s digital multimedia broadcasting hub to all 37 main transmitter sites, 10 regional hubs and two earth stations via a nationwide STM-1 ring network.

In addition, TM would also provide MYTV with the fibre broadcast network and system to enable MYTV to deliver high quality pictures.

The DTT services will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase, starting in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang by mid-2015, aims to cover 85 per cent of the population, while the second phase will target 98 per cent of the population nationwide by mid-2016. — Bernama

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