ICASA opened application for Digital Pay TV channels in SA

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has opened applications for broadcasters to apply for multiplexer 3 digital terrestrial television spectrum.

ICASA issued an invitation to apply for this spectrum back in September 2015 but did not issue the license. Multiplexer 3 (MUX 3) is intended to provide additional commercial subscription television broadcasting services, and ICASA has said the successful applicant will be assigned 45 per cent of MUX 3 capacity to launch pay TV services.

Amongst the numerous prerequisites to apply, the applicant must be a television broadcasting service licensee, as defined in the Promotion of Diversity and Competition on Digital Terrestrial Television Regulations. The applicant must also have a minimum of 30 per cent ownership held by historically disadvantaged person(s), or have a level 4 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) status.

ICASA said that it will license the additional free-to-air broadcasters who must be given access to the remaining capacity of MUX 3. The closing date to apply for 45 per cent of MUX 3 to offer pay TV services is 25 January 2018.

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