MultiChoice Africa has embarked on a programme meant to combat illegal DSTV operations in southern Africa and will carry out visits to unregistered operators claiming to be DSTV agents in Malawi.
The statement issued by Multichoice said there are a number of agents who claim to have authorized status and are promoting the illegal provision of South African accounts to users in Malawi.
“In terms of international copyright laws, MultiChoice South Africa can only provide its services to people resident in South Africa due to channels being authorized for reception in South Africa only.
“All operators providing DSTV connections and support services in Malawi are bound by the law to ensure that DSTV services in Malawi are those that are legitimately provided for in this country, and they may not connect Malawians to DSTV services in South Africa,” reads the statement.
According to the MultiChoice, bogus operators have been identified from visible offers who give Malawians, South African DSTV accounts which make their actions illegal and can result in criminal actions against both the service provider and customers taking up the offers.
“Illegal agents carry no guarantee of service quality and there is no means of enforcing adherence to DSTV standards. It is clear that a number of bogus operators are promoting access by Malawians to DSTV services sourced in South Africa, an act that is illegal and in flagrant violation of international copyrights regulations,” further reads the statement.
The statement says the exercise will help to crackdown and eliminate bogus operators who are putting customers at risk of poor quality and exposing them to possible prosecution for infringement of international copyright laws.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :