Just a day after launch, Techzim can confirm that Econet has suspended selling Kwese TV in Zimbabwe. The suspension follows a statement issued by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe last night which said Kwese does not have a valid satellite TV broadcasting licence.
Techzim went to 3 Econet shop branches in Harare this morning – Livingstone, Herbet Chitepo and Avondale – and at all three we were advised by Econet staff that the sale of Kwese TV services has been suspended due to licensing issues.
At the branches however Econet is taking down contact details of prospective customers which indicates the company anticipate the regulatory issue to be resolved eventually.
We are yet to get official confirmation from Econet Wireless Zimbabwe on the matter but we do expect the company to issue a statement since the market is confused right now about what’s going on.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
For those keen on getting their Kwese TV despite these new challenges, there’s still an unofficial way to do so, which we should state for the record that we do not recommend, for obvious reasons.