The Chinese-backed pan-African pay TV provider, StarTimes is ready to officially begin operation in Zimbabwe under the StarSat brand, according to a local reports.
StarTimes country manager, Brenda Matshazi told local news service TechZim that the pay TV outfit had secured a DTH licence and is in the process of setting up operations as soon as possible.
According to the report, StarSat decoders will be available for the equivalent of US$36 (€34), with five packages being available to Zimbabwean viewers for between US$9 and US$19.
StarSat’s main competition in Zimbabwe is South African pay TV leader MultiChoice’s DStv service.
Rival pay TV service Kwesé TV, whose founder is Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa, has yet to secure the necessary permissions to launch in Masiyiwa’s home country.
The service recently launched in Ghana, Rwanda and neighbouring Zambia, offering a bouquet of channels for about US$25 a month.
Masiyiwa told press that Kwesé would launch in Zimbabwe as soon as it received a licence, which he expected to happen soon.
The StarSat decoder is going for US $36. In terms of monthly subscriptions StarSat is currently offering 5 monthly subscription packages:
Starsat Special $10
Starsat Super $19
Starsat Sport $ 9
Starsat Chinese $19
Starsat Indian $10
Source – TechZim