The Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) has granted GOtv Zambia limited a private signal distributor network licence, authorising the company to install and operate a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network.
The Regulator said the company has been in operation in Zambia since 2011 and has secured approximately 85% urban coverage. ZICTA manager for corporate communications Ngabo Nankonde said GOtv plans to deploy a cost effective DTT network with a transmission system based on satellite technology, especially C band and Ku band as redundancy.
Nankonde added that the company has pledged to invest US$95 million in five years and a total of US$241 million in 15 years. “In addition to investment pledge, the company already has an investment portfolio of US$21 million in Zambia,” she said. Only one investment proposal was received by ZICTA.”
GOtv is a partnership between the country’s national broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and MultiChoice Africa Holdings BV established for purposes of operating a signal distribution network. ZNBC is also in partnership with TopStar where it has 40% shareholding.