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Tanzania plans to suspend Naspers' Multichoice telecoms licence
(Adds Multichoice comment)
NAIROBI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Tanzania's telecommunications
regulator intends to suspend the licence of Multichoice, owned
by South Africa's Naspers, for continuing to carry
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, but the de facto
Africa pay-TV monopoly had persisted in doing so.
It did not say when it would suspend Multichoice's licence.
The authority also issued an intention to suspend notice to
Simbanet Tanzania Limited, another pay-TV channel, Philip
Filikunjombe, TCRA's acting Head of Enforcement and Compliance
Affairs, told Reuters on Wednesday.
Multichoice said it was concerned that the regulator planned
to suspend its services over a matter that was pending at the
Fair Competition Tribunal.
"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 Chinese
multinational media company StarTimes' subsidiary in Tanzania
which the regulator said had not met its licence obligation to
provide access to free to air content services.
Under President John Magufuli, who took office in late 2015
and is nicknamed "the Bulldozer", the Tanzanian government has
introduced anti-corruption measures and tightened regulations on
foreign companies, particularly in the mining sector.
(Reporting by Omar Mohammed
Additional reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Nqobile Dludla
Writing by Maggie Fick
Editing by James Macharia and Alexandra Hudson)
First Published: 2018-08-08 16:51:08
Updated 2018-08-08 18:16:52
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