As BAZ tries to shutdown Kwese TV, TelOne applies for Broadcasting Licence

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State owned telecommunications company TelOne has applied for a broadcasting licence in order to setup Video on Demand (VoD) services. The application has been submitted to the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. In a notice placed in the state owned daily newspaper The Herald, people have been invited to air their comments.


Part of the notice reads

Complete details of the application have been lodged with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.

Any person who wishes to comment on the application may within fourteen days (14) of the date of publication, of this notice, contact the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, 27 Boscobel West Drive Highlands, Harare.Tel (04) 443 465-7, email: [email protected] .


This comes at a time when the BAZ is trying to cancel the broadcasting licence belonging to Kwese TV’s broadcasting partner Dr Dish. BAZ has since applied to the Supreme Court after High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe granted a provisional order which allowed reversed an earlier decision by BAZ to cancel Dr Dish’s licence.

TelOne is one of the several Telecoms companies operating in the Zimbabwean telecommunications and technology industry. Its main core business revolves around voice, data and internet products and services. "TelOne owns a wide range of telecommunications equipment, varying from various exchanges located in strategic areas, optical fibre networks, radio network systems plus a wide range of high-tech networks including a satellite base station located in Mazowe area of Mashonaland Central Province in Zimbabwe. The company is headquartered in Harare's central business district." Read More

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

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