The government recently announced the dates for the switch off of analogue signal and indicated that Nairobi will be the first to experience this. By 1st January 2015, Nairobi will have fully migrated to the digital broadcasting platform. This move is long overdue and it is good to finally see some progress. Let’s just hope no one goes to court for some strange reason to stop the process.
This move is welcomed by the stakeholders and according to Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA, “The GSMA congratulates the Government of Kenya and the Communications Authority of Kenya on finalising the schedule for the country’s much-anticipated digital switchover1. With all three phases to be completed by 30 March 2015, Kenya’s announcement demonstrates a clear and welcome commitment to meeting the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) global digital migration deadline of 17 June 2015.
“The switchover from analogue to digital television allows more efficient use of a limited resource and frees up precious 700MHz and 800MHz spectrum bands, otherwise known as the Digital Dividend. This lower frequency spectrum delivers excellent geographic coverage and will be a key enabler for the provision of universal mobile broadband access.
“Unique mobile subscriber penetration2 in Kenya is currently 40 per cent, which means that more than half of the country is still unconnected. The availability of Digital Dividend spectrum for mobile will make life-changing mobile services available to all Kenyans, including the three-quarters of the population who live in rural areas3, as well as provide substantial economic benefits and new opportunities for digital entrepreneurship.
“Kenya and Tanzania, which has almost completed its digital switchover, are leading the way in East Africa in bringing the benefits of the digital transition to their citizens. We hope that other countries in the region will be inspired to follow the Government of Kenya’s example and determine their own digital migration plans in time for next year’s deadline.”