Oromia to build TV station
By Muluken Yewondwossen
The Oromia Regional State government has signed a contract agreement with EURO-tel, an Italian telecommunications company, to build a television station and transmitters, on Friday December 14, 2007 at the regional president’s office.
The regional government has set aside 61 mln ETB for the project, including for the studio and the purchase of transmitter equipment, station construction, electric power installation and road construction.
According to the contract document, EURO-tel will be supplying equipment and will install the TV station for 31.5 mln ETB, including a three year parts supply agreement.
“The transmission will cover 10 of 17 zones in Oromia.” Abera Hailu, manager of Oromia Information Bureau, told Capital. “After two years we will cover the whole of our regional state,” he added.
The transmission center and the studio will be built in Adama (Nazaret) and other transmitters will be mounted in selected areas, which are Kulubi, Sululta, Adama, Gujii, Goba, Shashamane, Gimbi, Jima, and Gore.
According to Abera, the equipment is expected to arrive in ninety-one days and the installation work will be completed in three months. “Our transmission will start after eight months,” he stated.
The Information and Urban Development bureaus have completed a construction document for building the transmission center.
When the installation and construction work is completed, the state TV program (STVO) will be transmitting for 28 hours a week. “We have plans to increase the transmission hours but there is a shortage of professionals in the country,” Abera said.
The Ethiopian Broadcast Authority, Ethiopia Radio and Television, Diredewa City Administration and Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation are collaborating to finalize this project.
In related news, Oromia Information Bureau will start three AM radio transmissions from Nekemt, Bale and Adama (Nazaret) and an FM service from Addis Ababa.
For this project, the Oromia regional government has purchased transmission equipment from Harris (US telecom company) and the installation work is being conducted done by the same company. According to Abera, the Oromia regional government paid four and half mln USD for this project, which is to launch transmission in a few months.