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Switched off media houses lying to Kenyans, CA complains

23 February 2015, 17:31 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - 3 Media houses that have been switched off analogue signal and are not on digital are lying to Kenyans that the migration will be extended, the Communications Authority has said.

The 3 media houses, members of the African Digital Network ADN have been on record Monday as stating that there could be an extension in the digital migration deadline.

The CA though, stated that it was concerned that there are misleading reports of a change in the migration date.

The international migration date is set for June 17, 2015.

" The Communications Authority of Kenya has noted with concern, misleading reports published in some local media that the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had allowed some African countries to extend their digital migration deadlines beyond the 17th June 2015," the CA said Monday.

" These reports are not only erroneous but are misleading as the perpetrators have not produced any evidence of such an action by ITU. In any case, as mentioned above, the procedure for amending Geneva 2006 (GE-06) Agreement is very well laid out. An amendment to the GE-06, which set the digital migration deadlines, cannot be undertaken unless it is done through a conference involving all the countries that signed the GE-06 Agreement," It added.

Members of the ADN consortium are currently off air and have been lobbying to get back on analogue signal as they seek time to convert to digital signal.

Below is an excerpt of the CA statement.

The Communications Authority of Kenya would like clarify on the deadline as per the GE-06 as follows:

1. Application of the Agreement

a) Geneva 2006 (GE-06) Agreement entered into force on 17th June 2007. The Agreement set the deadline of 17th June 2015 except for those countries that requested for extension in the VHF band.

b) During the Radio Regional Conference of 2006 (RRC-06), some countries made specific requests for an extension of the deadline to 17th June 2020 but only in the VHF Band (174-230 MHz) since most of their TV stations were operating in the VHF (as opposed to UHF) frequency band. Other countries not present at the conference, agreed to the extended deadline by virtue of their non-response to the ITU within 90 days of the conference on their intention to select the 17 June 2015 deadline. The countries were listed as part of the agreement in a footnote.

The affected countries were as follows:

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Iran, Jordan, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Syrian Arab Republic, Sudan, Chad, Togolese Republic, Tunisia, and Yemen. Benin, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone and Somali.

c) All requests for extension of the deadline for the VHF Band were made 9 years ago by the member countries present at the RRC-06. Kenya attended the meeting and did not make any such request. Those countries that did not attend the conference had 90 days to make the request. This did not apply to Kenya.

2. Procedure for Revision of the GE-06 Agreement

The GE-06 (Article 11) is clear that no revision of the Agreement shall be undertaken except by a competent regional radiocommunication conference convened in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Constitution and Convention of the ITU.

This conference can only take place on condition that all the Member States in the Planning Area (ITU Region 1) are invited. The Planning Area consists of Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, the Arab States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As a Member State of the ITU, Kenya is not aware of any meeting that has been convened by the ITU in accordance with the laid down procedures to amend the digital migration deadlines.

3. Decision of the Supreme Court on the Digital Migration deadline 
The Supreme Court, in its decision of 13th February 2015, directed that the analogue switch-off timelines remain as scheduled by the Communications Authority of Kenya following consultation with stakeholders.

4. Misleading information on Digital Migration

The Authority would like to caution Kenyans to disregard the misleading and untrue reports that are clearly targeted at creating confusion and sabotaging the digital migration process.

The Authority would like to caution the media houses on peddling lies on digital migration to stop forthwith and join other Kenyans in working together to ensure the benefits that digital TV brings is enjoyed by all.

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