Pay-TV provider MultiChoice Namibia says that plans are at ‘an advanced stage’ for expanding its DStv Mobile TV service to customers outside of Windhoek, where it has been available commercially since 2011, according to general manager Roger Gertze who was interviewed by Namibian newspaper The Economist at the launch of the company’s newly expanded digital terrestrial television (DTT) service ‘GOtv Plus’ and ‘GOtv Mobile’ in the capital. Gertze said that the DStv mobile platform will be launched in Oshakati and the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay before the end of the year. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says MultiChoice switched on its mobile TV network based on the Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld (DVB-H) technology standard in Windhoek in 2008, but until mid-2011 the DVB-H service was offered free of charge, while today DStv Mobile is accessible to DVB-H compatible mobile device users via a partnership with Namibia’s largest cellco MTC, whose subscribers can access the third-party service via an application on specific Nokia or ZTE handsets or via DStv USB/Wi-Fi devices (which in turn enable access on Android devices); the DVB-H service only needs to utilise a cellular network to gain permission for ‘unlocking’ the viewing device to access DStv Mobile content. Namibian users are yet to be offered the alternative of streaming DStv mobile TV channels over 3G networks – an option previously launched to DStv users via cellular operator tie-ups with the MultiChoice group in countries including Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, GlobalComms adds.
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