The Ministry of Information has spent K5.81 billion ($5.9 million) to upgrade 22 transmission relay stations around the country, a top official of the ministry said.
The stations were upgraded from analogue to digital system, U Win Kyi, director of the ministry, said.
The installation of retransmission devices for stations in Mawlamyine, Meiktila, Taunggyi, Hpa-an was completed last month, U Win Kyi said. Test transmission from those five stations will start soon, he added.
U Win Kyi said most of the remaining devices for 17 more stations have already arrived at the port and the rest will reach within this month. The whole upgrade process for those will be completed by June this year, he added.
The ministry last year asked the state government to provide funds to upgrade 56 stations around the country. The stations include eight in Kachin state, 17 in Shan, four each in Sagaing, Magway and Mandalay regions, five in Kayah, five in Kayin, one in Bago, one in Tanintharyi, two in Ayeyarwaddy, one in Chin, two in Mon and two in Rakhine state. The director said 257 stations were targeted for upgrade works in 2012-13, and 248 were completed.
In a five-year project, the ministry plans to upgrade 110 stations in 2015-16 and 65 stations in 2016-17 from analogue to digital system.