South Africa’s media regulator ICASA is inviting applications from broadcasters wishing to apply for multiplex spectrum on the nation’s third (MUX-3) DTT service.
ICASA initially made a similar announcement back in September 2015 but did not issue licences.
MultiChoice is already operating one of the available multiplexes for its GOtv system.
Multiplexer 3 (MUX-3) is designed to provide additional commercial subscription TV channels, and ICASA says the successful applicant will be allocated 45 per cent of MUX 3 capacity with which to launch pay-TV services.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have sufficient funding in place, and there is an obligation to start transmissions within 2 years of a licence being granted. Once a launch date has been agreed the successful applicant must guarantee to cover 50 per cent of the distribution network within two years.
Closing date for applications is January 25th 2018.