CCK steadfast on digital migration deadline
22 October 2013, 11:05
Nairobi - Thousands of households will be left with no access to television on December 13 after the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) said it would not extend the deadline to switch off analogue television beyond that date.
Statistics indicate that over 1.2 million households in Nairobi alone are yet to acquire the digital gadgets.
CCK Director General Francis Wangusi insisted that despite the statistics, there would be no extension.
Instead, the organisation has embarked on a campaign to promote the uptake of set to boxes.
Set top boxes decode digital signals broadcasted on digital platforms for normal use in ordinary televisions.
“The CCK will this week commence on consumer awareness campaigns to get about 500 000 households to purchase set top boxes before the deadline,” said Wangusi.
Wangusi added that the digital migration programme would be carried out in phases starting with Nairobi city and moving to other parts of the country with time.
CCK aims to complete the digital migration by June 14 2014 according to the schedule laid out in August.
The International Telecommunications Union deadline for the migration is set for June 2015.
The digital migration process has been postponed several times, a development CCK termed as “lack of preparedness” by some stakeholders.
The switch off scheduled for July last year was pushed to September and later on to December following the intervention of courts, which withheld such plans arguing this would lock out Kenyans from accessing crucial news information especially with the last election impending.
Kenya has two types of set boxes namely the pay TV and free to air.
The pay TV comes at a monthly fixed charge after paying for the installation of the same service.
– CAJ News