SABC, Telkom to go for sports rights

2013-10-10 14:22
Cape Town – The SABC and Telkom have signed a multimillion rand partnership deal under which the telecommunications parastatal will upgrade the public broadcaster with fibre networks and try to acquire sports rights together.

The South African public broadcaster and Telkom signed the contract in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The deal means they will work together to bring the SABC's content to South African viewers on mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cellphones, while Telkom will also jointly try with the SABC to acquiring expensive sport broadcasting rights together in the future. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

It's Telkom's first new foray into the third-party TV and video content acquisition field since the massive, eventual non-starter which was Telkom Media – a failed attempt to start a satellite pay-TV service and a venture which Telkom eventually abandoned.

Under the new deal Telkom will also "enhance" the SABC's current technology infrastructure. In terms of the multimillion rand agreement Telkom will install fibre infrastructure and services at the SABC's bureaus in all provinces across South Africa and put Telkom lines in all offices.

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