Vodacom talks up DStv deal

Vodacom Group is lining up a deal with South African media and internet company, Naspers, to carry content on its network.

This is according to Bloomberg, citing Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub.

The South African operator is exploring an option whereby it would charge a fixed price to download content onto a customer’s mobile device, instead of billing per megabyte, Joosub  told Bloomberg.

A deal between Vodacom and Naspers, which offers pay-to-view digital satellite TV service through DStv, first surfaced in 2013.

“That’s where we’ll evolve,” Joosub said on Monday (18 May), after announcing the group’s annual results, which showed a slight decline.

Vodacom Group reported a 2.7% drop in service revenue to R47 billion for its South African operation during the year ended March 2015.

Customers who want to download films or other content from the DStv unit of Naspers would be able to do so through Vodacom’s network, Joosub said.

The bulk of Vodacom’s network is already on fibre or high transmission.

In March, Vodacom announced a partnership with Fibre Connect to launch its new “Broadband Fibre to the Home” service.

The group is also preparing to roll out an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service, offering video streaming to subscribers on a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) trial being conducted at an estate in Pretoria.

Vodacom has already tried a venture into the television sector. In 2007, the operator launched DStv Select. In 2011, however, MultiChoice took over the running of the DStv Select bouquets, previously administered by Vodacom.

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