Photo - (file) Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister of Communications and Multimedia at a Digital Malaysia event.
The broadcasting industry in Malaysia marked a milestone with the signing of an agreement to build infrastructure and network services for digital terrestrial television [DTT], according to the partners Telekom Malaysia [TM] and DTT services operator MYTV Broadcasting.
During the signing, which was witnessed by Malaysia's minister of Communications and Multimedia, YB. Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, the partners announced that the deal will move forward the country's first DTT infrastructure.
TM will be providing MYTV with infrastructure and network services, which include terrestrial distribution network services, satellite distribution network Services, broadcast contribution network services, station facilities, Infrastructure Services and operation & maintenance services.
The minister in his speech said: "The migration from analogue to DTT will revolutionise the broadcasting industry in Malaysia and set the tone for the industry in the years to come. With the infrastructure in place, I hope all players in the broadcasting industry will take full advantage of the many opportunities available as the result of the DTT migration."
"This [move] would certainly spur the industry further and bring tremendous benefits to Malaysian viewers as more choices would be available in the foreseeable future," he said, adding that the changes will lead to a reduction in broadcasting infrastructure costs.
He said that with the management of broadcasting infrastructures given MYTV, existing broadcasters and potential channel owners would be able to focus on producing quality content for local and export markets.
Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Yaacob, MYTV group chief executive officer signed the agreement with TM executive vice president Wan Ahmad Kamal Wan Halim. Also present at the event were Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi, chairman of the national regulator Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission [MCMC], TM chairman Dato' Sri Dr. Halim Shafie and MYTV director Dato' Hilmi Mohd Noor.
TM's Dr Halim said: "This latest collaboration with MYTV gives us the opportunity to be part of MYTV's growth, in line with our commitment of 'Business Made Easier' for our valued business partners. We are also glad to continue playing our role in the development of DTT services in Malaysia, hence providing Malaysians with enhanced wholesome viewing experience."
"Today's signing of the Agreement with TM cements our commitment to spearhead the digital transformation of Malaysia's broadcasting landscape," he added.
The collaboration will involve developing a terrestrial distribution network to connect MYTV's Digital Multimedia Broadcasting Hub (DMBH) to all 37 main transmitter sites, 10 regional hubs and 2 earth stations via a nationwide STM-1 ring network. In addition, TM will also provide MYTV with the fibre broadcast network and system.
The DTT services will be rolled out in two phases. The first phase which will start in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang by mid-2015 aims to cover 85 percent of the population while the second phase aims to target 98 percent of the population nationwide by mid of 2016.
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