Botswana opens probe into pay-TV provider MultiChoice

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According to Botswana publication Mmegi, the domestic competition authority** has opened a probe into business practices surrounding MultiChoice’s so-called “bouquets” of pay-TV programs.  (Personally, I’d call it a bundle or package.  Maybe the local euphemism authority could look into the “bouquet” moniker, as well).

The paper reports that MultiChoice has over 6 million Botswanan customers (one of whom purportedly filed the formal complaint with the competition authority) and “has maintained a stranglehold” on the pay-TV segment.  The complaint appears to focus on pricing and dominance abuses by the provider.  There is also a South African probe into MultiChoice’s alleged abuse of a dominant position, as we reported last month.

**That’s their official link, but it seems to be parked, or dead.  Ironically, the competition authority’s Facebook page (!) appears live and well.  Here’s a photo of, presumably, the staff.

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