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Kenya: Digital switchover deadline confirmed

By , ITWeb
Kenya , 01 Dec 2014

Kenya: Digital switchover deadline confirmed

As of midnight on December 31 analogue TVs in Nairobi will no longer work.

In a recent development regarding the country's migration to digital, ICT authorities in Kenya have confirmed the deadline for analogue signal switch-off.

The Star in the East African country reports that the Nation Media Group, Royal Media Services and Standard Group have received licenses to distribute their own digital television signals.

Francis Wangusi, director general of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), has been quoted as saying the migration to a digital signal will be completed over three phases, the first beginning in December, the second in February 2015 and the third in March.

Each phase will involve specific areas, with Nairobi the first in line for the switch-over.

"The authority has fully liberalised the supply of set top boxes and as a result over 60 vendors have been licensed to retail the devices," The Star writes.

Set Top Boxes are required to convert analogue signal to digital.

The ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has set June 2015 as the global deadline for digital migration.

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