Portugal Telecom (PT) said it expects its DTT service to be available to customers by April 2009, after its bids for licences in Portugal’s DTT tender were accepted by telecoms regulator Anacom. The invitation to tender for the allocation of frequencies for the transmission of free to air (FTA) and pay-TV closed on Wednesday after receiving only three bids. PT was the sole bidder for the Multiplexer A licence, relating to the transmission of the digital signal for Portugal’s four FTA channels, while it faces competition from Sweden’s AirPlus TV for the pay-TV channel licence. PT submitted bids for both licences after purchasing Media Capital’s analogue terrestrial broadcasting network for an undisclosed sum just before the bid deadline. AirPlus had been negotiating a joint bid with Media Capital and has now asked Portugal’s Competition Authority to rule on Media Capital’s sale of its analogue transmission rights to the country’s four terrestrial networks to PT. PT plans to invest EUR120 million (USD189 million) over the next three years in DTT as Portugal plans to switch entirely from analogue to digital TV by 2012.
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