Kenya’s Communications Authority to discontinue analogue frequencies on Dec 31st.
Kenya’s Communications Authority will switch off analogue tv frequencies in Nairobi on December 31st with the rest of the country joining the digital platform by March 2015 according to comments of its Director General, Francis Wangusi. Speaking in Nairobi from the official commencement of the Commonwealth Broadband Forum 2014, Wangusi said TV owners should buy set-up boxes before the announced deadline to avert the unpleasant situation of being switched off, reiterating that the dates earmarked for the change to digital frequencies would not be negotiated.
The migration which had been billed to commence in the capital, Nairobi, last December, was pushed forward on multiple occasions due to lingering court battles between some TV stations and the Communications Authority. Wangusi asserted that it was a source of embarrassment that Kenya was the only country in the East African region which was yet to migrate to digital platform despite having all it takes to do so. Failure to discontinue analogue tv frequencies in the country by June 17, 2015, he said, would lead to a switch off of all broadcast in analogue within 100km of the Kenyan border in order to protect services of neighboring countries that had already made the switch to the digital platform.
ICT Principal Joseph Tiampati disclosed that there would be a meeting of all stakeholders in the sector to discuss the migration road map and align efforts to ensure all partners were pulling in the same direction. He sounded a note of warning to media firms that had been opposed to migration at its earlier stages, saying that during the upcoming round of migration exercises, any firm that would obstruct the switch would run the risk of having their licenses revoked.
The switch from analogue to digital frequencies continues to sweep across Africa, with countries from other regions also working towards deadlines for migration. Digital frequencies it has been said will bring on board clearer and higher quality audio and video and increased efficiency in use of spectrum as a minimum of ten programmes could be transmitted from a single channel which would create incentive for more local content development.