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Classification of Licenses

(a) a commercial broadcasting service;
(b) a community broadcasting service;
(c) a subscription satellite broadcasting service;
(d) a subscription cable broadcasting service;
(e) a subscription narrowcasting service;
(f) an open narrowcasting service;
(g) a datacasting service;
(h) a roadcasting service;
(i) a railcasting service;
(j) a webcasting service.

(k)content distribution service
(l) video on demand
“ broadcasting service”means any service which delivers television or radio programmes to persons having equipment appropriate for receiving that service,whether the delivery is effected by the means of uses the radio frequency spectrum ,cable ,optical fibre ,satellite or any other means or combination of those means ,and includes any service referred to in paragraph (a) to (j)

“cable broadcasting service” means a broadcasting service which transmits programmes by means of a telecommunication service, other than a radiocommunication service, as defined in the Postal and Telecommunications Act [Chapter 12:05], for reception at two or more places, whether simultaneously or at different times;

“content distribution service ” means a service provided by a content distributor comprising content aggregated  within and outside Zimbabwe that is made available in Zimbabwe with or without payment of a subscription fee and the reception is through satellite;

“content distributor ” means a person who provides a content distribution service ;
“commercial broadcasting service” means a free-to-air (radio or television) broadcasting service operated for profit or as part of a profit-making enterprise which:-
(a) is intended or appears to be intended to appeal to the general public; and
(b) is capable of being received by commonly available equipment

“commercial radio broadcasting service” means a commercial audio-broadcasting service;

“commercial television broadcasting service” means an audio-visual commercial broadcasting service;

“community broadcasting service” means a free-to-air (radio or television) broadcasting service not operated for profit or as part of a profit-making enterprise which
(a) provides programmes
(i) for community purposes; and
(ii) is capable of being received by commonly available equipment; and
(b) does not broadcast programmes or advertisements on behalf of any political party

“datacasting service” means an information service that delivers information, whether in the form of data,text, speeches, images or any other form, to persons having equipment appropriate for receiving that information, where the delivery of the service uses the broadcasting service bands;

“diffusion service” includes the dissemination
(a) by means of any conducting medium of the whole or any part of writing, signs, signals, pictures, impulses or sounds broadcast by a broadcasting service; or
(b) of music, speech, pictures or other data for information, education or entertainment purposes by means of any conducting medium connected to two or more items of apparatus specifically designed for the reproduction of sound, pictures or data; or
(c) of teletext and vertical blanking intervals;

“free-to-air broadcasting service” means any broadcasting service transmitted otherwise than by means of an encoded signal;

“national broadcasting service” means a free-to-air community or commercial broadcasting service whose licence area is the whole of Zimbabwe;

“on demand service  ”means a service through which video or audio content is delivered at the request of persons having equipment appropriate for receiving that service and is made available to persons with or without payment and of subscription fee ,whether such payment is periodical or
otherwise , and whether or not such fee is charged on its forms part of a fee for multiple services including the on demand service;

“open narrowcasting service” means a broadcasting service, including a diffusion service
(a) which is not made available to persons on payment of any subscription fee; and
(b) the reception of which is limited by reason of
(i) being targeted to any special interest group or not being otherwise intended to appeal to the general public; or
(ii) being intended only for reception in particular locations, including arenas or business premises; or
(iii) being provided during a limited period or to cover a special event; or is limited for some other reason;

“public broadcaster” means the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation referred to in section 3 of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Act [Chapter 12:01] or any other broadcasting entity established by law which is wholly owned or controlled by the State;

“railcasting” means the broadcasting of pre-recorded programmes for reception by passengers of any railway service;

“roadcasting” means the broadcasting of pre-recorded programmes for reception by passengers of any public service vehicle as defined in the Road Traffic Act [Chapter 13:11];

“signal carrier ”means a signal transmitting station that includes the apparatus for the transmission of a radio or television broadcasting service ;

“signal transmitting station ” means a radio transmitting station as defined in the Postal and Telecommunications Act (Chapter 12:05) or other station which is used for the purpose of transmitting a broadcasting service;

“subscription broadcasting service” includes a subscription satellite, subscription narrowcasting and subscription cable broadcasting service;

“subscription cable broadcasting service” means a broadcasting service, including a diffusion service, which
(a) is made available to members of the general public on payment of a subscription fee, whether such payment is periodical or otherwise, and whether or not such fee is charged on its own or forms part of a fee for multiple services including the broadcasting service; and
(b) provides programmes intended, or that appear to be intended, to appeal to the general public
“subscription narrowcasting service” means a broadcasting service, including a diffusion service:-
(a) which is made available to persons on payment of a subscription fee, whether such payment is periodical or otherwise, and whether or not such fee is charged on its own or forms part of a fee for multiple services including the narrowcasting service; and
(b) the reception of which is limited by reason of
(i) being targeted to any special interest group or not otherwise intended to appeal to the general public; or
(ii) being intended only for reception in particular locations, including arenas or business premises;
(iii) being provided during a limited period or to cover a special event; or is limited for some other reason;

“webcasting service” means a computer-mediated broadcasting service.<