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New SA broadcast challenger edges closer to launch

By: Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd | 16 Sep 2011 10:10
Mobile TV, the company planning to introduce mobile television services in South Africa using Korea's digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) standard, says it could be ready to start broadcasting commercially within three months in Gauteng.
It is also planning to introduce SA's first digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio stations - seen potentially as an eventual replacement to FM radio - as well as "visual radio" services, which offer visuals over normal radio broadcasts.

Mobile TV founder and chairman Mothobi Mutloatse says the company is itching to get a commercial licence from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) so it can launch services. It currently has a 12-month test licence, which expires at the end of November. It's been running a pilot broadcast from the Sentech tower in Brixton, Johannesburg.

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