Cape Verde Telecom to offer TV and broadband Internet by end of 2006

15 May 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 15 May – Cape Verde Telecom is concluding technical preparations to launch a “triple play” (television, broadband Internet and telephone) service by the end of the year, said Nuno Leite, a company director.

Speaking to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress, Leite said that, initially the service would be sold on the islands of Santiago, Sal and Sao Vicente, with a target of 6,000 customers.

Within two years, Leite said, the entire Cape Verde archipelago would have coverage.

“At the moment we are at a stage of setting up equipment. We are going to do everything we can for the base to be set up and ready for the project launch by the end of the year,” Leite said.

The archipelago currently has only one public television channel, Televisão Nacional de Cabo Verde (TCV), along with a private channel currently in testing (TIVER), and the Portuguese channel RTP África and France’s CFI.

According to Leite, the operator’s cable television service will give priority to Portuguese, Brazilian and themed channels, in areas such as music, cinema, sport and children’s programming.

The investment made by Cape Verde Telecom in developing its cable network so far totalled US$3.52 million, Leite said.

The new phases of financial and technical investment, he said, would be set out according to “the demand for cable television services, in order to ensure a return and cover the whole country.”

CV Telecom is currently owned by Portugal Telecom, with 40 percent, INPS -Instituto Nacional de Previdencia Social, with 27.9 percent, ASA – Empresa de Aeroportos e Segurança Aérea, with 10 percent, Cape Verdean private investors (13.7 percent), as well as the State, which ahs a 3.4 percent stake and company workers, with 5 percent. (macauhub)