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The MultiChoice Africa business provides multi-channel pay-TV and subscriber management services in 49 countries across Sub-Sahara Africa and the adjacent Indian Ocean islands. The group has ownership interests through MultiChoice Africa in joint ventures operating in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. In other Sub-Saharan African countries, MultiChoice Africa operates through agents or franchisees.
MultiChoice Africa’s digital DStv service features over 100 video channels and up to 65 audio channels. The group maintains a strong focus on local content and extensive investments have been made in the creation of content made in Africa for Africa, thus showcasing and building local talent. As pioneers in pay-tv in Africa, MultiChoice played an important role in making information and entertainment easily accessible, and as an African business, investments have brought both social and economic benefits to the communities where they operate through access to information, job opportunities, partnerships and training.
MultiChoice is committed to partnering with local entrepreneurs, governments and broadcasters across the continent and to tailoring its operations to suit local needs while maintaining the highest levels of service and product quality.
The table below shows pay-TV subscriber numbers for sub-Saharan Africa:
|Launch date||September 2014||September 2015|
The net subscriber base grew by 45% over the last year, with 1,443,445 new households added. Lower-priced bouquets (including GOtv) which address a broader market segment accounted for most of the growth.