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Chinese Ambassador hands over the DTTTS project to the TL government

Chinese Ambassador hands over the DTTTS project to the TL government

The handover ceremony

DILI, 12 july 2021 (TATOLI)- The Ambassador of China Republic in Timor-Leste handed over the Digital Terrestrial Television Transmission System Project (DTTTS) to the government of Timor-Leste (TL) through the Ministry of Parliament and Social Communications.

The DTMB project was awarded through a handover signing ceremony between the Minister of Parliament and Social Communications (MPSC), Francisco Martins da Costa Pereira Jerónimo and the Ambassador, Xiao Jianguo.

The event was attended by the President of Radiu Televizaun Timor-Leste (RTTL), José Belo and the President of TATOLI Agency, Manuel Pinto.

The MPSC Minister, Francisco said this is the first time the government of Timor-Leste needed technical assistance on providing technical training to RTTL technicians in order to implement the program.

“We have launched this program in Koes, this digital system for the first phase counts more than 200.000 population who access the RTTL digital system, especially the Municipalities of Dili and Liquiça including post-administration in several municipalities such as Cailaco in Bobonaro, Railaco in Ermera, Laulara in Aileu,” The Minister of Parliament and Social Communication, Francisco Martins Da Costa Pereira told to TATOLI Agency in the Palácio do Governo Hall, this monday.

The TL’s government is also planning to implement the DTMB project in the second and third phases, because the government wants to ensure that by 2023 all of Timor’s territories can access the RTTL Digital System.

Ambassador Xiao Jianguo said in his speech that in september 2019, with the joint promotion of the governments of China and Timor-Leste, the construction of the China-assisted DTTTS Project officially began.

“We are pleased to see that the project has achieved the expected  results and met the requirements for acceptance after joint inspections by the Chinese and the Timor-Leste side. This project provided 22 digital channels available to television viewers, including some Chinese, Indonesian and Macau TV. The program picture is clear and the display effect is perfect,” said the Chinese Ambassador.

In february 2021, the launch ceremony of the model project was held in Guico, municipality of Liquiça. In recent months, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communications has conducted a large-scale campaign to install decoders for every household to promote a project that benefits 200,000 people in Dili, Liquisa and surrounding areas as soon as possible. Even in Prime Minister Ruak’s residence, a TV set-top box was installed.

The Chinese government has always attached great importance to closing cultural exchanges with Timor-Leste, and actively promoting pragmatic cooperation in areas such as culture, education, film and television, and the media sector. The China-assisted DTTTS project is a concrete manifestation of the implementation of the Chinese government’s “people-oriented” concept and the “Belt and Road” joint development with Timor-Leste.

This will be another important milestone in the history of development cooperation between China and Timor-Leste. This project will help Timor-Leste to introduce the latest technologies and solutions for the development of the digital TV industry, greatly improve the management capabilities and level of the media industry, thus to understand global digital development trends and opportunities to promote its own digital development.

At the same time, the project provides free and colorful digital TV programming to the people of Timor-Leste, which greatly enriches their spiritual and cultural life and is essential for them to understand the outside world.

Journalist: José Belarmino de Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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