South Africa to take a stance on conditional access in STBs

South Africa’s Communications Minister, Yunus Carrim, will present a proposal on Wednesday this week about whether to include conditional access in up to 5 million DTT set-top boxes which will be subsidized by the government.

The battle has raged between FTA broadcaster, e.tv, and pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, which opposes government’s plans to include CAS on subsidised STBs, claiming the move will increase set-up costs and enable unfair competition among operators.

Carrim says the cabinet would consider a number of factors while deciding whether to support conditional access, including which approach would best protect the local electronics manufacturing industry and create jobs.