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Anga praises Telekom for World Cup coverage

Anga made the comments following the most successful ever broadcasting of the FIFA World Cup Finals televising all the sixty-four 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 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 via the Internet.
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 search index of Google. 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 but only a limited number of households could get access to televisions. It was the first time for ordinary Solomon Islanders to view the big stars of the game on the screen with players like Bebeto, Romario, Gabriel Batistuta and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Twenty years on with a bigger population and coverage which now extends beyond the capital Honiara a new record was bound to be set with the recent World Cup. According to an estimate the coverage reached more than 120 000 which is about a fifth of total population with Lata, in the Temotu Province being the latest centre to be added.

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