On September 17, 2015 a round table “Digital broadcasting of Kyrgyzstan: questions – answers” was held in Bishkek.
During the event, a question of providing the population with a certified television equipment, the need to define clear criteria for the delivery of free digital set-top boxes were considered, as well as issues on the status of documents package with changes in the law of KR “On license-authorization system in Kyrgyz Republic”, “On electrical and postal communication” and “On Television and Broadcasting”, which were submitted to the Jokorku Kenesh on 29.5.2015 №6-14807/15
According to the deputy minister of culture, information and tourism of KR Albina Duyshenbieva 11 million som were spent for production of domestic content. Five winner production companies presented 84 audiovisual products.
The representative of the State agency of communication in KR Islam Kudaibergenov sounded a problem that bodies of customs service require only the allowing document when importing receivers, and they don’t trace the further certification on compliance. Due to the fact that the State inspection on environmental and technical security was just created, there is no accurate control of import of of high-quality and safe receivers.
According to the State agency of communications in KR 10,000 receivers has officially received the certificate of conformity. Also for today the demand for delivery of the certificate of conformity for 300 000 receivers arrived.
The broadcasting in Bishkek in the test mode has started, according to the plan there will be 2 multiplexes in the capital where 10 channels will be broadcast. The full launch of broadcasting in the capital is planned for the end of September.
The organizers of the event were the Public Foundation “Institute of Media Policy” with support of Internews Network in Kyrgyzstan with funds provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the “Global Campaign for Free Expression ARTICLE 19”, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.