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Coverage praised for bringing World Cup to all

Anga made the comments following the most successful ever broadcasting of the FIFA World Cup™ in the Solomon Islands, televising all 64 matches and bringing the audience to an unprecedented number despite the challenges for the company.
“I think that what Our Telekom has done is nothing short of a major achievement especially with the professionalism and quality of their telecast. With this feat I believe we can look forward to more in the future in terms of football on television,” Anga says.
“I would like to make particular mention of the board of Our Telekom, the Chief Executive Officer and their technical staff for a job well done.”
Anga added that not only has Our Telekom done well with this television broadcast but with the progress the company has made in telecommunication technology, the local public was able to follow the World Cup via their mobile devices and online.
The Solomon Islands status as a ‘football mad’ nation drew further backing when time.com published that the country rated highest in the world for World Cup related searches based on data from the Google search index. Vanuatu rated second and was followed by Liberia, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.
The FIFA World Cup™ was first broadcast free to air in Solomon Islands in 1994 though only a limited number of households had access to televisions at the time.
It was the first time for ordinary Solomon Islanders could view the big stars of the game on the small screen with players like Bebeto, Romario, Gabriel Batistuta and Jurgen Klinsmann in action.
Twenty years on, with a bigger population and coverage which now extends beyond the capital Honiara, a new record was bound to be set as people scrambled to follow the new era of stars in Brazil.
According to an estimate the coverage reached more than 120,000 which is about a fifth of the total population with Lata, in the Temotu Province, being the latest centre to be added.
For more on Solomon Islands football go to www.siff.com.sb


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