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DTH brings about the demise of cable in Pemagatshel


Aug 17, 2011

About a year ago, residents of Pemagatshel town and Nangkor were complaining about the poor quality of the cable service. Not anymore.  It is not because the service has improved. The reason is most residents have switched over to Direct to Home Television or DTH.

If a visitor were to cursorily scan over the roof tops of the houses in the main market area in Pemagatshel and Nangkor, he or she will see many satellite dishes, sprouting like mushrooms in the Monsoon season.

People switched to DTH as the cable service was poor with limited number of channels.

The cable operator is closing shop. He said it is no longer sustainable. With just 120 subscribers, he can barely meet the overhead.

Darjey Wangdi who runs the Darjey Cables said “the cable line to Nangkor which is six kilometres was pulled down four times last year. I had to bring people and equipment from Thimphu to repair. Each repair cost me Nu.20, 000.”

He has been running the cable business for 10 years. He has not now informed the authorities, expressing his inability to continue.

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