Econet suspends sales of Kwese TV decoders and services after BAZ says that Kwese does not have a licence

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Less tham 24 hours after Econet Wireless announced that for $49 a customer would get a dish, decoder, installation and one month’s subscription, the company has suspended sales of Kwese TV equipment. This comes after the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) dismissed claims that Kwese TV has been licenced saying that Dr Dish had its licence cancelled after it failed to deliver My TV Africa Service.

However, Econet is still taking names of prospective customers, signalling that they expect the issue to be resolved.

Kwese TV is a Zimbabwean satellite and broadcasting network owned by Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, under Econet Media. On 23 August 2017, Econet Media announced that Kwese TV was now available in Zimbabwe and that decoders were available at Econet Shops. However, that very same day the The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) dismissed the claim that Kwese TV had been licensed and warned consumers not to invest in an unlicenced service. It also warned business operators not to provide "an unlicensed broadcasting service." Read More

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) is the regulatory authority for broadcasting in Zimbabwe. BAZ was established through an Act of Parliament in 2001 providing for the functions, powers and duties of the authority. BAZ falls under the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity. BAZ issues licenses to television and radio broadcasting companies in Zimbabwe. Read More

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless International, is the first and largest mobile network services provider in Zimbabwe. The telecoms giant became popular with its products and services such as Buddie. It has established branches in different corners of the country and enjoys a subscriber base of more than 9 million, undoubtedly the largest in Zimbabwe. Among other services, it has acclaimed dominance in telecommunications services, providing solutions in mobile, fixed telephony services, internet and satellite access and payment solutions, and mobile money services. Read More

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