The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland has awarded the three national digital terrestrial television contracts to the Boxer DTT consortium. Boxer includes Denis O'Brien's Communicorp and BT.

Two other consortia had applied for the licences - Easy TV - involving RTÉ and UPC - and One Vision which includes TV3, Setanta and Eircom.

The BCI said the awarding of the contracts is subject to clarifications and the successful outcome of contract negotiations, which will take place in the coming months.

Applying for the licences, Boxer had said it would offer prices below €10 a month and will allow viewers to top up their channel selections 'a la carte'. It said there will also be a 'pay as you go' option for its pay channels.

'We are delighted to have been awarded the licence and look forward to rolling out a world class broadcast network in Ireland over the coming months,' commented Boxer DTT chairman Lucy Gaffney.

'As an independent operator formed with the sole purpose of providing these services, our offering provides consumers with excellent choice and simple, flexible and affordable access to a wide range of TV channels', she said.

Boxer DTT will launch its offering in January 2009.

Meanwhile a statement from the Easy TV consortium said that Liberty Global and RTÉ found their collaboration on the DTT bid fruitful and look forward to working together again in the future.