Zimbabwe: BAZ Grants TelOne License To Operate VOD Service

TelOne, a telecommunications operator in Harare, Zimbabwe has acquired an operating license from  the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to provide a video-on-demand (VoD) service

The announcement was made by BAZ reads: “Please note that TelOne (Pvt) Ltd has been awarded a Broadcasting Service Licence by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe regarding Section 10 (11) of the Broadcasting Services Act (Chapter 12:06).”

With this license, TelOne will be able to deliver contents such as entertainment, news, sports and more to its customers.

With about 105,000 Internet subscribers both in fibre and ADSL, TelOne is hopeful that its service will quickly adjust to and meet the ever-changing consumption habits of audiovisual content in the country. To reach this target, the operator will undoubtedly need to invest for the improvement of its infrastructure and especially its flow, which is currently not suitable, to successfully carry out video streaming services.

TelOne said that this development would enable an expansion of its service to its subscribers as well as help to diversify its revenues.

According to TelOne, the video-on-demand services would be delivered via the high-speed network it has been building since 2015 after securing US$98 million financing from the Exim Bank of China.

From the series of granted licences in Zimbabwe, there is a confirmation that the announced intention of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to open the local audiovisual market to competition is happening first with Kwesé TV acquiring its license a few days ago and now TelOne’s accreditation.  The government announced that the country plans to have up to 24 television channels as it seeks to embrace new technology for its broadcasting spectrum, which will, in turn, generate employment.


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