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Winner of Zambia's digital migration deal challenges termination

07 October 2013, 16:07

Lusaka - The company that won a bid to supply, deliver and commission Zambia's terrestrial television broadcasting system has appealed against the government's decision to cancel the bid, a statement obtained here on Monday said.

Last month, the Zambian government canceled the 220 million U.S. deal, citing irregularities. Anti-corruption body, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), has commenced investigations into the matter. The deal was canceled when two unsuccessful bidders appealed against the awarding of the tender.

But Star Software Technology Company of China, which won the tender, has appealed against the decision to cancel the deal, and is hopeful that the matter will be resolved in a transparent manner.

"The selection of StarTimes as preferred bidder was conducted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services in a fully professional, thorough and transparent manner. StarTimes has appealed the termination of the tender," the statement said.

According to the statement, the company believed that it is the best suited bidder to implement the digital migration project and accelerate Zambia's efforts towards migrating the country from analogue broadcasting to digital broadcasting by the stipulated International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline of 2015, considering that the 2013 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) deadline has been missed. StarTimes is a hi-tech enterprise and one of the leading providers of broadcasting technology in China which was founded in 1988. The company has so far undertaken large scale projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Africa, among others. 



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