Possible regulations on local television services: telecom director

Friday, April 4, 2008
Issue 303, Page 3
Word count: 386
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Specific regulations for the public antenna and cable television services might be set out by the government under the current framework of the telecommunications law, head of the regulation department said yesterday.

Speaking after the press conference of this year’s World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, director of the Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT), Tou Veng Keong, said the government had been working on drafting regulations in defining the different business areas between Macau Cable and the public antenna companies.

“Research is still underway and agreements will be made with the companies at an appropriate time,” Mr Tou said.

He added that if the existing telecommunications law could not monitor the public antenna and cable television services to a full extent, special sub-regulations might be introduced to increase the effectiveness of the legislation.

“Simply, the initial idea in dividing their areas of operation is that public antenna companies will not be allowed to use cable in transmitting telecommunication signals,” Mr Tou said.

The department head said the government was aware of the urgency and wanted to solve the problem as soon as possible.

“Not only because the problem has been existing in the local community for decades, but it will affect the development of cable television and the telecommunication industry for a long-term,” he said.

“I think our residents also will not want to see antennas scattered around on streets or lots of complaints about copyright infringements in an internationalised city like Macau,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Tou said the government would continue monitoring the conditions of transmitting high-definition television signals by public antenna companies, adding the current circumstance was not deteriorated. 

The theme of the 2008 World Telecommunications and Information Society Day on May 17 is “letting the telecommunication technologies benefit disabled people”.

A series of celebrating events including a multimedia messaging service (MMS) photographic competition, telecommunication facilities donation and a 3G mobile application software training program will be held ahead of the activities activation ceremony which will be presided by Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io on May 17 at the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf.

As well, the Communications Museum of Macau will be offering free admission and sending and receiving local MMS, SMS and making video phone calls will be without charge on the world telecommunications day.

For more information, visit http://www.dsrt.gov.mo.

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