Kenya’s Analogue switch off in horizon, says CAK


switch-offTalks between Kenya’s Communications Authority and stakeholders on the Analogue Switch Off dates are in high gear in a move that will allow Kenya to switch off analogue television signals in Nairobi and its environs.

After Nairobi and its environs, other parts of the country will follow suit just before the global deadline of June 17th, 2015

Communications Authority of Kenya Director General Francis Wangusi said no broadcasters will be allowed to use analogue signals within Nairobi after switch off and urged Kenyans to acquire set top boxes enable them receive digital signals on their television sets.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Broadband Forum in Nairobi, Mr. Wangusi noted that the growth of broadband in Kenya is still faced with numerous challenges; key among them the roll-out of broadband infrastructure which is expected to ride on the spectrum currently occupied by analogue broadcasters.

The spectrum released after successful migration will be used to deploy broadband in the rural areas and further narrow the digital divide.

Mr. Wangusi however expressed concerns that Kenya was still trails its East African neighbours in the migration to digital broadcasting, a situation described as unfortunate and unacceptable.