BT Ireland-led consortium to bid for DTT licence

13 May 2008

A consortium comprising BT Ireland, Swedish digital terrestrial television (DTT) company the Boxer Group and media firm Communicorp has reportedly outlined its plans to secure a DTT licence from the Republic’s Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI). SiliconRepublic writes that the Boxer DTT consortium bid is targeting one of three concessions on offer from the BCI in July, when it goes head-to-head with two other consortia – Onevision, involving eircom, TV3 and Setanta, and another bid led by RTE and cable company UPC Ireland. Boxer DTT claims to be the sole candidate taking part in the contest that was set up specifically to provide DTT in Ireland and that if successful in its bid, it will invest EUR115 million (USD178 million) in its broadcast network and multiplexing services as well as EUR30 million in customer support and EUR20 million in sales and marketing over years one and two established specifically and solely to provide DTT services in Ireland. A spokesperson for Boxer DTT said it hoped to be offering more than 30 channels from January next year using exiting household aerials, with commercial services being available countrywide by 2012 when the analogue network is closed down.

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