As mobile phone companies are on the rise in the country so also is satellite TV, as GTV company has made its debut in the Sierra Leone market.
The system was officially launched yesterday by the minister of information and communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Kargbo, who disclosed that the government had placed a lot of emphasis on the private sector in the development of the country.
He stressed that the private sector had played a significant role in the development of the country after the civil war in the country.
The minister stated that in order to attract more private sector investments the government had to put certain modalities in place.
GTV, Alhaji I.B. Kargbo noted, “came at a time when the telecommunications and satellite TV market is taking off and we welcome GTV as a new investment in Sierra Leone. GTV is focused on what they want to achieve.”
The communications minister stated that, “telecommunication is growing rapidly after the war and most people are now investing in this sector. And so we are calling on more investment especially in the satellite pay TV providers as this will bring about competition and less cost to the consumers.”
The director of development for Africa, GTV Ronnie Andrews, said one of the essentials of a TV facility was to stimulate public awareness as “entertainment is an essential part of a full and happy life and not just for the elites, it is for everyone.”
He stated that they would screen the best entertainment from all over the world and from Africa which is not only limited to soccer but also other international sporting disciplines.
Mr Andrews echoed that there were changes taking place but what he observed was that Africans were mad about European football “and we have 80% right to transit the premier league. From next year, we will be broadcasting the FA cup live. We have played a crucial role in the area of live sport.”
Dr Kanda-Bureh O’Bai Kamara, the official GTV dealer in Sierra Leone, said he was proud to have raised funds for himself and the people of the country.
He disclosed that, “dealers are available in Bo, Kenema, Makeni and Kono so that customers can get the service wherever they are”.
The complete GTV package, the dealer said, included decoder, smart card, dish and installation which cost Le1140, 000 while the decoder and smart card package retails at Le 840,000.