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National television broadcast via satellite

Iceland’s Ministry of Transport, national broadcaster RÚV and Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor signed an agreement yesterday about broadcasting RÚV via satellite to reach rural areas and vessels at sea.

The agreement is part of a the Transport Ministry’s 2005-2010 telecommunications plan with the goal for people living in sparsely populated areas in Iceland and ships out at sea to be able to watch RÚV television and listen two its two radio stations.

Inhabitants in some areas in Iceland and those working at sea do currently not receive full service from the national broadcaster, as reported in a press release issued by the Ministry of Transport yesterday. The ministry estimates the project will cost about ISK 150 million (EUR 1.7 million, 2.2 million) over the next three years.

RÚV is scheduled to be broadcast for the first time via satellite in April this year. Its transmissions will potentially be able to be received in northwestern Europe.

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