Super 5 Media gets pay-TV launch extension

Super 5 Media, formerly known as Telkom Media, has received a six month extension to launch services by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Super 5 Media was supposed to launch pay-TV services in South Africa before the end of August 2010, but the company argued that delays in licensing meant it could not meet this deadline. 

“It is true that Super5Media has been granted a six months extension to launch its Pay-TV services from August 2010,” said ICASA spokesperson Paseka Maleka.

“In its written submission, the company stated that its application for an Individual Electronic Communications Network Service licence to self-provide is yet to be finalized by the Authority. The company says that it intends to provide its own signal distribution for the service.”

The additional time afforded to Super 5 Media is the second extension which the company received after it was unable to meet the initial deadline of launching services by February 2010.

This may however all be of academic value.  Techcentral reported in July that Super 5 Media “has all but collapsed”, revealing that the company has “sent its employees — those that haven’t been retrenched — home on unpaid leave”.

It is unclear why Super 5 Media would go through the trouble of applying for a license extension on launching pay-TV services if the company is no longer operational.

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