Icasa can­di­date hopes to re­duce DStv prices

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER e.tv em­ployee com­pet­ing for a seat on the board of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions reg­u­la­tor‚ the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Author­ity of South Africa (Icasa)‚ wants DStv to make its sub­scrip­tions cheaper.

Natalie Del­port‚ who left e.tv own­ers Sabido last year‚ was be­ing in­ter­viewed by MPs for three va­can­cies on the Icasa board.

Del­port agreed there was a monopoly in the pay tele­vi­sion space and this needed to be ad­dressed.

Del­port said she was split in terms of her views on pay tele­vi­sion be­cause on the one hand it was a bril­liant busi­ness con­cept, and on the other hand it was a monopoly.

She did not give de­tails on how to re­duce DStv bou­quet prices.

DStv prices in­creased in April with DStv Fam­ily sub­scribers get­ting the big­gest price hike from R219 to R235 a month. DStv Pre­mium sub­scribers had to fork out R789 per month from April.

An­other board can­di­date‚ Them­beka Se­mane‚ told the com­mit­tee about high data costs, say­ing should she join Icasa‚ she would want to help re­duce th­ese costs.

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