MultiChoice’s DStv will now air free-to-air channels (FTA) in Tanzania thanks to recent regulatory improvements.
Mr Nape Nnauye, the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, said that the government has improved Regulation No. 16 of 2018 on “Digital Broadcasting Infrastructure” to improve the communication sector and expand business operations across the continent.
He made the remarks during a visit to MultiChoice Tanzania, where he was looking for ways the government and the private sector could collaborate on the country’s digitisation drive.
“Before the review, local channels were restricted to Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) platforms solely, restricting the channels from being broadcast on Direct to Home (DTH) satellite platforms. The above-mentioned forced people the purchase multiple decoders to allow them access to local channels,” he explained.
His ministry held a series of engagements with broadcasting stakeholders through the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and deliberated on necessary amendments to the regulations, which were finalised last week.
“I am pleased to see that this process is now complete and that local channels are now available on both DTT and DTH platforms.” He said that the government has listened to the people who called on us to review the regulations to make it easier to access local stations.
He emphasised that the government will continue to foster an environment that encourages investors to invest in technology, communications, and the digital sector.
Mr Ami Mpungwe, chairman of MultiChoice Tanzania, commended the government for its ongoing efforts to help the broadcasting industry. The government’s recent review of broadcasting regulations demonstrates that it is willing to be flexible and incorporate input from industry stakeholders.
Ms Jaqueline Woiso, managing director of MultiChoice Tanzania, stated that onboarding the channels has already begun, adding that the channels will be gradually available on the DStv platform soon. “With the return of local channels on the DStv platform, customers will have access to a wide range of local and international content, including news, education, children, and religious programming,” she said.