New digital TV channels for South Africa – applications open

Icasa has issued an invitation to apply for multiplexer 3 digital terrestrial television spectrum.

Multiplexer 3 (MUX 3) is intended for providing commercial subscription television broadcasting services.

Icasa said the successful applicant will be assigned 45% of MUX 3 capacity to launch pay TV services.

Among the criteria to qualify for the spectrum are that:

  • An applicant must be a television broadcasting service licensee, as defined in the Promotion of Diversity and Competition on Digital Terrestrial Television Regulations.
  • An applicant must have a minimum of 30% ownership held by historically disadvantaged person(s) and/or have a level 4 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) status.

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