South Africa To Hold Hearings On Pay-TV Competition Next Week

Broadcasting and telecoms regulator the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) announced that it will hold hearings next week as part of its investigation into competition in the pay-TV sector, reported Business Day.

After issuing five pay-TV licenses from 2007 and having only three of those holders launch services since then, Icasa launched an inquiry in 2016 into the state of competition in the subscription broadcasting services sector.

“Due to the authority’s commitment and mandate to ensure that markets are effectively competitive, Icasa commenced the inquiry” after two of the licensees that did offer services to the public faced sustainability challenges while two others had not yet launched services.

On Wednesday evening, January 6, the authority stated it would hold public hearings from January 12 -15 in respect of the draft findings document on the inquiry into subscription television broadcasting services.

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