DStv Mobile for South Africa on It's Way!

Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice and MTN recently expanded on their plans to release a mobile television offering in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in time for next year's FIFA World Cup.

Mybroadband are reporting that DStv Mobile should be launched by the time the FIFA World Cup kicks off.

Tom Manners wrote in MyBroadband that "MultiChoice believes ICASA will issue a broadcast licence before the end of 2009 MultiChoice and MTN today expanded on their plans to release a mobile television offering in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in time for next year’s FIFA World Cup.

Earlier this year the two companies announced that they would be launching a DVB-H service, which could potentially feature up to 16 channels and stream digital mobile television to MTN subscribers.

MTN also revealed that it will have various Digital Video Broadcast services for Handhelds (DVB-H) for FIFA’s 2010 World Cup, including a personalised TV bouquet, a dedicated highlights channel, a dedicated blitz channel, interactive capabilities, SuperSport3, SuperSport5 & supporting soccer channels, video-on-demand, pay per use and a results channel. Despite testing services since 2005, MultiChoice is still awaiting issuance of a license for the service from communications and broadcast regulator ICASA.

Multichoice CEO for DStv Mobile Mark Rayner believes that it is simply an unfortunate time to be launching such a service in South Africa in relation to licensing issues. “The launch of mobile TV has come at an inopportune time due to the roll out of digital migration. ICASA has to perform an exhaustive and thorough sequence of events before it can issue licenses. The country still needs to finalise a national frequency plan, until this is cleared up the service cannot proceed.”

Rayner says the service experienced a “false start” in December due to e-TV’s petition to halt ICASA’s issuance of the required broadcast license. The channel was simply looking out for its own interests in this regard says Rayner, who explained that DStv has since dealt with e-TV “behind the scenes in this matter”.

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