Liquiçá, February 16th, 2021 – His Excellency Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, participated, this Tuesday, in the launch of the pilot program of the Digital Terrestrial Multimedia Transmission System (DTMB) for Radio and Television of Timor-Leste, Public Company (RTTL-EP), in Guiço Village (Suco), Administrative Post of Maubara, Municipality of Liquiçá, an activity organized by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication – MAPCOMS.
In his speech, before the launch, the Head of Government said that the Timor-Leste’s Radio and Television channels so far cover only 48% of the entire territory and the equipment used in RTTL is still an analog system, which is no longer suitable for use nowadays. For this reason, when the 8th Constitutional Government began its functions, this matter was also considered a priority, and cooperation with the Government of the People’s Republic of China was initiated, in support of this digitalization process.
“The coverage capacity of our Timor-Leste’s Radio and Television, in our country, reaches only 48%, and this means that RTTL coverage does not reach the entire population of our country, it does not reach many places. That is why many people do not have access to RTTL, they only have access to Metro TV, and other Indonesian television channels, or from other countries. (…) Our material is old and does not correspond to the level of development that currently exists, so, in previous years, discussions have begun to develop cooperation programs in the area of social communication, especially in RTTL, to start the process of digitization of our television, and today, after two or three years of efforts, we have finally launched the digitalization system in our country”, said the Head of Government.
The Chief of the Executive stressed that the Government will make effort, together with China, to develop a national television system that covers 100% of the territory, therefore, in the 2021 State Budget, the Government has already allocated a budget to increase transmission towers in areas that do not yet have RTTL coverage.
The Head of the Government also added that television is an important means of monitor the country’s development process in all areas, so he appealed to all beneficiaries in Guiço Village (Suco), who received the receivers free of charge, to take good care of them, so they can use them for a long time.
Before finishing his speech, the Head of the Government, on behalf of the Government and the State of Timor-Leste, expressed special thanks to the Chinese Ambassador to Timor-Leste, and to the Government of China, for the level of cooperation in this important area.
On behalf of the Government and the State of Timor-Leste, I would like to thank His Excellency the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China and, through Mr. Ambassador, address my thanks to the Government of the People’s Republic of China, for the existing excellent level of cooperation, namely in areas as important as the digitalization of the television system in Timor-Leste”, said the Head of the Government.
Lastly, the Head of the Government also thanked the Chinese technicians and the RTTL teams, who have committed themselves in this digitalization process, as well as the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication and the Secretary of State of Social Communication, for carrying out this program.
The launch ceremony of the digitalization system was attended by China’s Ambassador in Timor-Leste, Xiao Jianguo, representatives of the china development cooperation agency (China-AID), the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Social Communication, Francisco Jerónimo, the PNTL General Commander, Faustino da Costa, and the local authorities. END/ M-PMO