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Govt spends millions in digital migration

01 October 2013, 12:58

Nairobi - The governmet has spent more than US$400 million to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.

The ICT sector policy advisor to the Government, Daniel Onyango Obam, revealed the figures at the just-ended Digital Dialogue Conference Multichioce organised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Giving a breakdown of the spending, Obam said that the government had used about $300 million in building infrastructure for the migration while the signal distributors had spent $100 million on the importation of set up boxes.

“Much of the expenses for our digital migration have been spread between the government, the regulator and the licensed signal distributors. To my knowledge, the government has so far spent over $300 on infrastructure for the digital migration project. Five million set up boxes were brought in on a subsidized rate of $20 per box,” he said.

Obam said government, through regulators of the digital migration project had also spent about $2 million on consumer education which he said was a critical aspect of the project.

Following such spending, he was confident the country would complete the process by December.

Obam pointed out that that the migration process would be done in phases, starting first from Nairobi, then to other counties.

He urged other East African countries to emulate the “commitment” shown by Kenya to the migration process.

Obam cautioned that countries that fail to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting in 2015 might face “serious consequences.”

For example, he said that countries that share borders with Kenya will likely experience signal interference on their broadcast communication if they do not migrate to digital broadcasting by 2015, as set by the International Telecommunications Union.

– CAJ News


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