VIENTIANE, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Lao Asia-Pacific Satellite signed an agreement with the AEK Group on Tuesday to start providing HD satellite TV programs to customers in Laos.
There are 60 TV channels, including six Lao channels and others from foreign countries.
It is the first time that Lao people receive the Laosat HD satellite TV signals through the Lao Sat-1 satellite, the first satellite of the country.
The deal will also encourage people to comply with the regulations and purchase only legal satellite dishes. Currently there are a number of illegal satellite dishes for sale in local markets.
Lao Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) issued a request letter calling for the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance to block any imports of illegal satellite receivers whose importers have not been granted permission from the MPT.
However, the ministry does not plan to collect or remove those satellite receivers that are being sold from local markets, saying that the latest move is just to block further unlawful imports.
After the Lao Sat-1 was launched in November 2015, its operations were trialed for about two months and began commercial services in mid-March 2016. Enditem