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Minister admits Telecommunications Office chief might go

The minister for transport, post, and telecommunications, Ľubomír Vážny, has said that he might soon replace the head of the country’s telecoms regulator.

The minister for transport, post, and telecommunications, Ľubomír Vážny, has said that he might soon replace the head of the country’s telecoms regulator.

Referring to current Telecommunications Office chairman Branislav Máčaj, he said "I am not saying that he will be replaced but I am considering the possibility." Máčaj could be forced out because of delays in the project to move from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.

In a recent interdepartmental review of the updated strategy to manage the transition to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting, the Telecommunications Office demanded that its submitter, the Transport Ministry, redraft it. The market regulator pointed to numerous mistakes in what it said was an incomplete strategy.

The minister dismissed rumours that the deputy chairman of Slovak Telekom, Jaroslav Volf, is one of the candidates for the post.

The Telecommunications Office led by Máčaj currently has on its agenda a tender to select an operator for the first two digital terrestrial broadcasting (DVB-T) multiplexes in Slovakia. Slovakia has made an international commitment to terminate analogue terrestrial TV broadcasting by the end of 2012. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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