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ICASA invites applications for commercial TV licences

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has issued an invitation to apply (ITA) for the radio frequency spectrum licence for the third digital terrestrial television (DTT3), referred to as multiplex 3 (MUX 3) in terms of the Promotion of Diversity and Competition on Digital Terrestrial Television Regulations of 2014.

The successful applicant will be assigned 45 % of MUX 3 capacity by the Authority for commercial subscription television broadcasting services. ICASA has however set some strict minimum requirements for the prequalification stage:

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

An applicant who has complied with all the requirements will be invited to take part in the second phase which is the “Sealed Bids” process. The successful applicant will be the highest bidder!

Every applicant must also pay a non-refundable deposit of R100 000. The closing date for the ITA is 30 November 2015.    To download a copy of the Gazette click here.

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