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October 2003
New KTTN Site to Provide Additional 120,000 Citizens with National TV Signal. The Kosovo Terrestrial Telecommunications Network (KTTN) completed infrastructure construction at its new Koliq site, 24 km north of Pristina. The 27-meter tower now awaits the installation of broadcasting equipment. From this new site, KTTN will cover an area populated by more than 120,000 people with national television signal. The site also holds potential for income generation, as KTTN increases the number of its commercial clients; the network has recently signed new contracts with the Kosovo Police Service and another private company for leasing tower space and housing equipment at several other sites.
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February 2003
KTTN Braves Weather Conditions to Remain On Air Throughout a Difficult Winter. The Kosovo Terrestrial Transmission Network (KTTN) successfully struggled to keep television services on the air by restoring lost power lines and wooden and concrete poles that had broken or fallen during severe winter storms. Personnel also ensured that fuel was delivered to generators through heavy snows, which in the previous year had to be carried on horseback. The line at KTTN site Golesh has been repaired, while work at the Zatriq site continues after a second round of damage. Meanwhile, KTTN has secured an old transmission site at Gllobocica (near the Kosovo-Macedonia border crossing) that will help the network cover the area of Kacanik and Hani i Elezit with TV signal. IREX has worked with KTTN since its beginning, leading the effort – along with USAID, the US State Department, OSCE, UNMIK, UNDP, KFOR, and the Government of Japan – to develop a province-wide broadcasting capacity for radio and television in Kosovo. Operating as a non-partisan NGO, the network reaches over 80% of the region.
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August 2002
KTTN, a long-time subsidiary of IREX, begins it first month as a standalone NGO. In August, the Kosovo Terrestrial Transmission Network (KTTN) began the first month that it is officially separated from IREX and became a subgrantee functioning under its own management. KTTN has managed the transmission facilities for licensed, province-wide broadcasters successfully over the past couple of years. Having reached the point where it increased revenues, contained costs, and met its clients’ needs, KTTN manager Ridvan Jusufi is continuing to find more business and provide quality service to become completely self-sustainable within the next couple of years.
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July 2002
KTTN continues to work towards self-sustainability and completes a long-awaited seventh tower at Zatriq. Considerable work was done on getting KTTN’s finances into shape so that it can become a grantee and make a huge step towards self-sustainability. Additionally, KTTN completed the erection of a seventh tower at Zatriq. During this process Italian engineers checked the remaining six towers for faults and gave them a clean bill of health as well as improving the link between Zatriq and Golesh. The new tower will vastly improve KTTN’s ability to offer commercial services. Clamps are being placed on the towers to facilitate installation of IPCO equipment. IPCO is KTTN’s premier client. A UPS is being installed on Pristina Hill site which will dramatically reduce the time-lapse for signals kicking in after power failures. KTTN is also negotiating a deal to site a new high power line through municipal land at Maja in order to avoid heavy costs in using private land.
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March 2002
KTTN Seeks Additional Funding. In an effort to assure sustainability, the managers of the Kosovo Terrestrial Transmission Network (KTTN) met with IREX staff this month to discuss strategies for securing funds beyond US government donations for operational costs. KTTN, now a non-partisan NGO that manages the television and radio transmission system throughout Kosovo, has already signed leases with organizations that use the network for their telecommunications needs. The revenues form leasing tower space compounded with financial support of other donors such as foundations will allow KTTN to become fully self-financed.
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November 2001
KTTN Estimates $125,000 Revenue from Leases. Under the direction of the new manager for administration and development, Ridvan Jusufi, KTTN has prepared and signed leases with various telecommunications companies for use of the tower space. IPKO, the largest Internet Service Provider in Kosovo, is among the many who would use the terrestrial network space. Leases for current occupants of the space have also been signed, and include Mine Action Committee, Brown and Root, and Motorola Two-Way Radio. Approximately $125,000 in revenue is already projected for 2002 solely based on these signed leases, but KTTN intends to aggressively continue to market their space and services. These leases may provide substantial income towards KTTN's sustainability. (http://www.irex.org/media/kosovo/highlights/2001.asp)
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October 2001
KTTN Hires Administrative Manager
. The Board of Directors of KTTN met twice this month to interview candidates and review applications for a KTTN Manager for Administration and Development. Ridvan Jusufi was hired at the end of October. Jusufi is scheduled to start his new position in early November. Jusufi joins KTTN from RTK, where he worked as Director of Administration until August. His new responsibilities with KTTN will include all administrative and marketing aspects of the organization, including fundraising and representing KTTN to the local media community and international community (i.e. OSCE, UNMIK, USAID, etc.). (http://www.irex.org/programs/completed/promedia/kosovo/highlights.asp)




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