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Fiji TV moves to capture big markets

By RACHNA LAL Fiji Television Limited is changing its Pay TV satellite reach and including some of the region’s bigger markets. It will lease a 36MHz transponder space, C-band frequency
30 Oct 2012 11:27

By RACHNA LAL

Fiji Television Limited is changing its Pay TV satellite reach and including some of the region’s bigger markets.
It will lease a 36MHz transponder space, C-band frequency on its satellite, IS19 from Intelsat Global Sales and Marketing Limited.
Fiji TV group chief executive, Tarun Patel, said they had to move from IS18 to IS19 for the long-term viability of its pay TV business and also capture the big markets in the Pacific especially Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Solomon Islands.
“The lease of space on IS19 was a critical one for the business,” he said.
Fiji TV board chairman, Isoa Kaloumaira, said the company was delighted with its long-term partnership with Intelsat.
“The move was in line with the company’s vision of being the communications business for Pacific communities,” he said.
“Fiji TV’s strategic focus has always been to grow and expand our Pay TV business in the Pacific region and the signing of this agreement with Intelsat reaffirms our commitment to providing compelling content to Pacific communities.”
Currently, Fiji TV leases transponder space on IS18 for its SKY Pacific signal and this will expire in 2014.
Under IS18, it covers territories in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tokelau, New Caledonia, Tahiti and American Samoa.
In November 2011, Fiji TV had migrated its pay TV signal from IS701 to IS18, resulting in the exclusion of Solomon Islands, Nauru and parts of Kiribati from the satellite footprint.
Mr Patel, however, said: “We will continue to explore means by which we can make our channels/signal available in those territories that would no longer be served by IS19.”
The migration to the new satellite, IS19, is expected to take place from April 2013 and will result in a new footprint that includes Papua New Guinea plus the re-inclusion of Solomon Islands, Nauru and parts of Kiritbati.
This is in addition to the territories it currently covers, with the exception of a few including Cook Islands, Niue and Tahiti.
A project team is now operational in Fiji TV, overseeing the move right across the Pacific.

Casual vacancy appointee
Meanwhile Fiji TV board also announced the appointment of Major Sefanaia Rayawa as a casual vacancy appointee to the board.
Fiji TV Group board company secretary, Tanya Waqanika said: “Major Rayawa was nominated by Yasana Holdings Limited and his appointment has been approved by the Fiji TV board.
All casual appointments are valid until the next annual general meeting and the members are eligible for re-election.




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