Econet secures local licence for Kwese TV and VoD

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By Business Reporter

ECONET Wireless has finally been granted its own national content distribution licences after parting ways with Dr Dish about six months ago.

The two companies had a content distribution agreement that effectively made Dr Dish the carrier of Kwese, a content distribution brand owned by Econet, into Zimbabwe.

Since the termination of the agreement, Kwese has effectively been operating without a licence.

The licence also allows Kwese to provide video on demand and webcasting services.

“Take notice that Econet Media has been awarded a Broadcasting Service Licence by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe in terms of Section 10 of the Broadcasting Services Act (Chapter 12:06),” announced Econet in a statement last week.

Kwese pulled out of the five-year licence lease with the Dr Dish on November 10.

Apart from Zimbabwe, Kwese has also launched in Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Malawi, Uganda, Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland.

A product of Econet Media which is a subsidiary company of Econet Group, Kwese has indicated that it is working hard to ensure there are wide ranging programmes to satisfy consumers.

Meanwhile, Dr Dish, according to TechZim, has also undergone internal changes with 50 percent of the company being transferred to Zimbabwean Lawyer Gerald Mlotshwa through his private family vehicle Ktulu Nominees.

Mlotshwa’s family is now the largest shareholder in Dr Dish which has since indicated it will launch more than 40 free entertainment channels and more than 110 subscription options.