Telkom enters pay-TV market

Fixed-line telephone operator Telkom surprised on Thursday by announcing that it is preparing to enter the pay-television market.

The first step in this process has been the creation of Telkom Media (Pty) Ltd, a private company with a 41.5% black economic empowerment shareholding, which applied to Icasa (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) for a commercial satellite and cable subscription broadcast licence on Thursday.

A basic bouquet comprising of the following locally compiled subscription television channels will be offered:

  • An entertainment channel
  • A 24-hour South African news channel
  • A movie channel
  • A sports channel
  • A music channel
  • A home shopping channel
  • An education channelLink to fin24 Article
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