The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA) dated 10 September 2015 (Gazette No: 39191) 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.
The minimum requirements for the prequalification stage are as follows:
- 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 a level 4 (four) Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) status.
The Authority views this as an important milestones towards promoting diversity of television content for the South African public while fostering competition within the subscription television sector.
The closing date for the ITA is 30 November 2015.