We believe TechCentral’s Duncan McLeod has overlooked key aspects of Telkom’s argument for a fair playing field in the telecoms sector and a pro-consumer approach to regulation and oversight. By Liza Zouabi.
eMedia Investments, the holding company of e.tv, eNCA and Openview, has plunged headfirst into streaming, launching eVOD, a video-on-demand service, in partnership with MTN South Africa.
The president has encouraged mobile operators, Icasa and the department of communications to engage in mediation to get South Africa’s spectrum auction back on track.
Openview, the free-to-air satellite platform in the eMedia Holdings stable, has increased the number of activations of its set-top boxes by more than 18% in the past year.
The SABC and eMedia Investments have inked a channel carriage agreement that will see the public broadcaster supplying Openview with six television channels – SABC 1, 2 and 3 and three new channels.
High court Judge Selby Baqwa halted the radio frequency spectrum auction planned this month by communications regulator Icasa because he deemed the process unlawful and irrational.
Telkom and e.tv have secured an interdict against Icasa, preventing the spectrum auction planned for later this month from taking place until the merits of their case can be heard by the high court.
The Internet Service Providers’ Association has called for mediation, rather than litigation, to resolve the stand-off between communications regulator Icasa and telecommunications operators over the looming spectrum auction.
E.tv parent eMedia Investments has filed an application to join Telkom’s lawsuit seeking an urgent interim interdict preventing communications regulator Icasa from proceeding with the spectrum auction.
Even when South Africa has completed the switch-off of analogue television broadcasting signals as part of the long-delayed broadcasting digital migration project, the spectrum may still not be available for broadband operators.