Safaricom says not keen on running a TV station


Kenyan operator Safaricom does not plan to run a television station through the four broadcasting licences it is seeking from the Communications Authority (CA). CEO Bob Collymore said the commercial FTA TV licence allows Safaricom to create its own content and air it both terrestrially and via the web platform, The Star reported.

On 23 July, the CA disclosed that Safaricom had applied for commercial free-to-air, IPTV services, subscription management and terrestrial subscription broadcasting services licences. The  application raised speculation the company was looking to create its own TV content, after it launched its Big Box internet-enabled decoder on 08 May.

Collymore said the Big Box is simply a television decoder that has a Wi-Fi router in it. He said over 1,500 decoders had been sold since the digital broadcasting platform was launched in May. He said Safaricom will put the Big Box back on sale at the end of September. It will come back with a big value data bundle which will be very competitive in the market, he said.
Source: Telecompaper 7 Septmber 2015