Local households are familiar with satellite pay-TV from MultiChoice.
Telkom’s R7,5-billion plan to enter this market includes introducing a new technology called Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).
Telkom’s 66%-owned subsidiary Telkom Media has applied to the Independent Authority of South Africa for both a satellite and an IPTV licence.
IPTV is more akin to the cable TV services available in the US than traditional Internet.
The technology Telkom proposes to use involves upgrading its current ADSL broadband service to newer and faster ADSL 2 Plus.
This will make the video carrying ability of standard copper telephone wire similar to coaxial cable used by US pay-TV companies.
Telkom Media plans to sell a decoder which can receive signal from a satellite dish or an ADSL 2 Plus modem.