TCRA plans to suspend Multichoice’s license

Tanzania’s telecommunications regulator is planning to suspend the license of Multichoice, owned by Naspers, for continuing to carry free-to-air channels.

A notice issued by Tanzania’s Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) said Multichoice had been instructed in June not to carry the channels on its platform, which continued to do so.

“While we remain open to constructive engagement, we are concerned that the notice has been issued even though the carriage of FTA services by pay TV operators is currently pending before the Fair Competition Tribunal,” it said.
The announcement follows the suspension of the StarTimes’ subsidiary in Tanzania which the regulator said had not met its license obligation to provide access to free to air content services.

Under President John Magufuli, the Tanzanian government has introduced anti-corruption measures and tightened regulations on foreign companies, particularly in the mining sector.