Azam to launch Ugandan pay-TV service in May
Rebecca Hawkes
| 13 May 2014
Azam, a new entrant to the Ugandan multichannel digital television market, is set to launch a satellite-delivered service at the end of May 2014.

The Bakhresa Group-backed company will offer subscribers a 60 channel plus package for UGX20,000 (US$8) a month, according to a report in the Ugandan daily The Independent. It will also provide free-to-air channels including those from East Africa's national broadcasters.

In around four months, Azam has reportedly attracted over 55, 000 customers in Tanzania, and now aims to sell 30,000 decoders within 30 days of launch in Uganda.

Over 300,000 Ugandans subscribe to the pay-TV operations provided by MutiChoice's GOtv and DStv; StarTimes; MOTV; and Zuku TV – according to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

However, just 10% of an estimated six to seven million TV sets are currently able to receive digital signals in Uganda, ahead of the July 2015 ITU deadline for analogue switch off. The regulator is assessing the need for more digital TV licensees, according to The Independent.

Free-to-air digital set-top box import applications are also currently being considered by UCC from five companies - Trans-African Container Transport, Syscorp International, Brivid, Icomsys Africa and World Technologies.