The dispute about the license issued to Multichoice in 2014 is one of the interesting news in Nigeria since the beginning of this month, due to the possible closure of its Pay-TV DStv/GOtv services due to its expired operating license in June 2019
The reports show that the license issued in 2014 will not be renewed because it was not in line with Digital Switch Over (DSO) White Paper.
MultiChoice has finally reacted to the report and says it complies with regulatory requirements and applicable transfer laws. Below is an excerpt from the statement.
“GOtv is provided under a fully licensed and registered entity in Nigeria, and this license comes up for renewal in March 2019" the statement reads.
"As a law-abiding and committed Nigerian operator which has fulfilled (and continues to comply with) all regulatory requirements and applicable laws, it is not clear how or why this license would not be renewed, and as such the company will investigate further in the best interests of the many customers it serves in the market" it further says.
The statement adds that "MultiChoice remains committed to providing its customers with a wide variety of quality entertainment through the usual best standards."
MultiChoice commenced operation in Nigeria in 1994. In 1995 it launched Digital Satellite Television (DSTV), a direct broadcast satellite service for the Sub-Saharan African market.
In 2011 MultiChoice launched the pocket-friendly Pay-Tv version called GOtv digital platform, a pay television offering on digital terrestrial television (DTT) at an affordable price.