African province grants license to cable co.

JOHANNESBURG — Gateway Television has been awarded a license in Namibia as the Pan-African feevee player notches up another country in its expansion across Africa.

Managing director Julian McIntyre said his satcaster started service as GTV Namibia in this nation with a population of 1.8 million, where less than 2% of households have pay TV.

GTV was launched in July by London-based Gateway Communications as a lower-cost alternative for viewers who can’t afford well-established, South African-based MultiChoice.

It has invested $285 million in its rollout across Africa and is available in Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mauritius, Zambia and Ghana. McIntyre does not have plans to take MultiChoice on in South Africa.

GTV offers 15 channels at about $20 a month, at least $10 less than MultiChoice’s entry-level package, although the well-established satcaster offers 50-plus channels.

 GTV’s focus is on entertainment and news, and it also aims to bring international matches live to soccer-mad Africa. In June it secured a three-year deal for the rights to popular British Premier League soccer.

Channels offered include G Prime, BBC World, Sky News, Al-Jazeera, MTV Base, Kiss, God Channel, Zee Cinema, G-Sports and Fox Sports Africa.

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