Multi-Choice Malawi spends K3.2 bn on towers in pursuit of digital migration

Multi-choice Malawi, the sole provider of Go-TV has spent about K3.2 billion on four towers the company has constructed in three major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

GOtv, which uses the latest generation digital video broadcast, a cheaper selection of programming from Africa as well as international channels

GOtv, which uses the latest generation digital video broadcast, a cheaper selection of programming from Africa as well as international channels

Chimwemwe Nyiremda  (in black)- MultiChoice Malawi

Chimwemwe Nyiremda (in black)- MultiChoice Malawi

Sales and Marketing Manager for Multi-Choice Malawi, Chimwemwe Nyirenda, disclosed this to reporters in Mzuzu ahead of the launch of Go-TV in Mzuzu on Saturday at Mzuzu Stadium.

He said each tower or transmitter has cost the company around K800 million in order to send signals to decoders and it does not use satellite dishes.

“In Blantyre we have two towers; both Lilongwe and Mzuzu have one. The Mzuzu tower is able to transmit at a distance of 60 Kilometers,” he said.

Nyirenda said his company has invested this much to effectively contribute to the country’s digital migration by offering affordable digital television to Malawians.

“Watching television in the near future will be through decoders, so we want everybody to have the service before the due date of the [digital] migration,” he said, adding that countries agreed in the 2006 Geneva Conference that all countries by 17th June 2015 should switch from analogue to digital technology.

The Sales and Marketing Manager said GoTV has got 10 local channels which include MBC, Times, Hope, Luso, Timveni, ZBS and Joy Television among others.

He said that was why Multi-Choice is bringing GoTV to the residents of Mzuzu to give them a chance to watch local and international channels at a low cost.

Nyirenda said to access GoTV, customers need to purchase a decoder and its antenna which is currently selling at a special promotion price of nearly K17, 000 with no satellite dish required.

The advantage of using this model is that it does not use a satellite dish which means there is zero installation cost to clients, unlike other paying TVs.

Meanwhile, Nyirenda has said Multi-Choice Malawi is overwhelmed with the response from Mzuzu residents seen from big numbers of people flocking to purchase the decoders.

The television now covers Blantyre and Lilongwe and their respective surrounding areas. In Mzuzu it will be officially launched on Saturday, the 11th April, 2015.

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19 thoughts on “Multi-Choice Malawi spends K3.2 bn on towers in pursuit of digital migration”

  1. Wailing Soul says:

    Zomba bwa! Zomba is a city please! Zomba! Chimwemwe Nyirenda and company, Zomba is the University town! Hey Multichoice why not the intellegentsia of Zomba?

    Zomba, Zomba, Zomba. If else we will demonstrate for nepotistic tendencies of only favouring Mzuzu because you are a Nyirenda. Ife achawa aku Zomba, achalume, midyomba yokundya kapado kutsitsira ndi ntolonjani, simukufuna tionere nawo kanema wapa digital watchipayu!

    Zomba please!!!!!!!!!!! ZOMBA, ZOMBA, ZOMBA

  2. Watu says:

    Radius of 60 Km is just being very mean with your services. These in urban areas are already enjoying alot of such previlages. Why cant you pliz target rural areas.

  3. mbani says:

    Anthu akuba agAlu inu

  4. cbk says:

    i paid k4698 yesterday and where is k3500 coming from?

  5. Nyapapi says:

    How can I access the decorder n antena in Neno? Cant wait to watch digital local Tv’s

  6. Lawrence says:

    Pipo of mangochi are in need of can u explain why u r nt bringing this to them?

  7. Mbanangwa says:

    Extend to long radius. In Rumphi you will have a lot of cusomets

  8. Nyanyalirwa says:

    Gulani ife tikaonela kwa aneba

  9. Njiwa says:

    Mangochi nanga,tourists destination

  10. Kangankude says:

    Wat about Zomba,,can w watch Gotv in Zomba?

  11. trutlLh says:

    consider salima.Tikuyifunanso.

  12. kayew says:

    mesa munakweza mitengo yolipilila nde mukutiwuzanso za 3500 ndi 2500 mwalengeza nanga ma msg sakumatipeza kapena ndi kuitanila chabe

  13. kido says:

    Comment That is selective, what about the majority pipo leave in rural areas? a small country like Malawi u fail to provide rural pipo with transmitters? but it comes to voters u leaning on them bt rejecting them watching tv in their own country. think twice, Northern does nt belong to residents of mzuzu only. that’s not fair.

  14. chande says:

    A single tower cannot cost that much, that’s a blue lie

  15. Chipika says:

    Make it national.Chimwemwe why not Mangochi and other districts.KUKONDERA.

  16. NOXY says:


  17. Joogerman says:

    What about Ntcheu and Dedza?

  18. gibo says:

    when should eastern region espected to have its own transmitter?

  19. onjoya says:

    Liers GO tv subscription is k4,698

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