Econet Media seeking licence for Kwesé TV to operate in Swaziland

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The Zimbabwean businessman, is seeking a licence for Kwesé TV to operate in Swaziland. Kwesé TV is available in African countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa.

Recently through its website, the TV network announced its upcoming markets which are Malawi, Uganda and Swaziland.

Masiyiwa filed an application through the Swaziland Communication Commission (SCCOM) to offer competitive satellite TV service in Swaziland in 2016. This move is set to compete with MultiChoice Swaziland. According to Masiyiwa, subscribers need to have access to television services even when they cannot afford a subscription on that particular month, hence the provision of at least five free channels on Kwese TV network. 

SCCOM general manager Strategy and Economic Regulation Lindiwe Dlamini confirmed receipt of an application from Kwese TV, and said the delay was due to the absence of a licensing framework. Dlamini said, “Kwesé TV did express the desire to operate in the country. However, the commission has not undertaken any licensing of new broadcasters in the sector pending the promulgation of the Broadcasting Bill into a law.”