A new pay TV for Africa is on the cards, with the announcement by telecoms tycoon, Strive Masiyiwa, of the service expected to be launched soon. Social media users have welcomed the imminent launch of Kwesé TV, which is being viewed as an alternative that can compete with MultiChoice’s DStv.
Telecoms tycoon, Strive Masiyiwa, has announced the imminent launch by Econet Global of a new pay TV service, Kwesé TV, which “will offer exclusive sports and entertainment programming to African markets”.
The multi-millionaire announced the message on his Facebook page, saying the project has “been in the making for three years,” and it will be built and leveraged on “Econet’s core capabilities of satellite communications, fibre optic networks, and mobile services”.
The service, “Kwesé” which means “everywhere” and “anywhere” will be built on Econet’s satellite communications business, Liquid Sat, which has already created a platform that will deliver Direct TV to the home (DTH), in all the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, Masiyiwa said.
According to Masiyiwa, Kwesé TV, whose programming philosophy is: “Value for money, premium and exclusive content,” will benefit from their “fibre optic company, Liquid Fibre, [which] is the largest builder of terrestrial fibre in Africa”.
Kwesé TV would develop and offer “new, high-quality and unique programming at an affordable price,” Masiyiwa said.
The announcement of the imminent launch of Kwesé TV has been greeted with excitement on social media. Social media users have welcomed Kwesé TV as an alternative that can compete with MultiChoice’s DStv.
Masiyiwa has had a longstanding interest in the media. He was the publisher of the Daily News in Zimbabwe before the newspaper was shut down by the government.