Chinese contractor found using illegal satellite communication device

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A Chinese contractor at the bauxite mining project in the Central Highlands has been found using an illegal satellite communication device, inspectors from Dak Nong Province said last week.

China Aluminum International Engineering Corporation, or Chalieco, has installed and operated an unregistered television-receive-only (TVRO) to receive television signals from abroad, according to the Dak Nong Department of Information and Communications.

Chalieco is a contractor at the Nhan Co Alumina Plant one of the country's first two bauxite mining projects. The other, Tan Rai Alumina Plant, is set to begin operations later this year in Lam Dong Province.

Inspectors said Chalieco had bought the devices from ATQ Television Company in Ho Chi Minh City and used it to receive signals from the satellite Chinasat 6b. TQ had decoded the signals.

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According to Dak Nong communication department, Chalieco has violated the Communication Law as well as a 2011 prime ministerial decision on pay television.

Following the inspection, the Dak Nong People's Committee has instructed its agencies to issue fines against the contractor and provide instructions on legal use of pay television.

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