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Business Reps Move to Break Multichoice's DSTV Monopoly in Nigeria



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Nigeria- The House of Representatives has moved to put an end to the “arbitrary” subscription rates charged by Multichoice for its Digital Satellite Television services in the country, Nigeria Communications Week says.

Sitting yesterday, the Lawmakers particularly opposed a “rigid” subscription policy that permanently billed subscribers “whether they are at home viewing programmes or not.”

The House observed that high pricing by Dstv had made access to its “premium” programming ‎difficult for the majority of Nigerians.

It also noted that lack of competition in the digital satellite broadcast industry had encouraged a monopoly, giving firms like Multichoice the “undue advantage” of blocking the efforts of other firms to enter the market and crash prices.

A bill to stop such stranglehold on the industry passed second reading at the House on Tuesday.‎

The bill was sponsored by a member from Ada‎mawa State, Mrs. Aisha Dahiru-Modibbo, sought to amend the National Broadcasting Commission Act to guarantee openness and competition in the industry.

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