DStv exits Malawi after court stops price increase

Alex Omenye
Alex Omenye

Pan-African broadcaster, Multichoice, is exiting DStv, its satellite television service provider, from Malawi.

This comes after Malawian regulators rejected the most recent pricing increases proposed by DStv. The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority received an interim injunction from the nation’s High Court at the end of July.

Multichoice Malawi was forbidden by the injunction from altering the DSTV pricing. The broadcaster ended its DStv service in Malawi after receiving a fresh order from the high court on Tuesday, August 8 to comply with the ruling.

“Given the impact on Multichoice Malawi and an increasingly adverse regulatory environment, [Multichoice] is therefore left with no option but to terminate DStv services indefinitely,” the company said.

According to Multichoice, the court’s order renders commerce impossible. Additionally, the decision to leave the market was influenced by the penalties for non-compliance, which included staff members being imprisoned.

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