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Commission reviews tariffs to enhance digital migration

18 December 2013, 13:59

Nairobi - The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has lowered tariffs for digital signal distribution in a move geared towards facilitating a smooth migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting in the country.

“According to Determination No. 1 of 2013 on Cost-Based Terrestrial Digital Broadcast Signal Distribution Tariff that CCK is issuing today, Digital Signal Distributors shall charge broadcasters at KES 125,990 per Megabit for Nairobi and KES 93,202.75 per Megabit for other sites in Kenya,” said Mutua Muthusi, the Director of Public affairs at CCK.

“In arriving at the afore-cited tariffs, CCK adopted a consultative approach where the signal distributors were involved,” said Muthusi.

He added that the new tariffs took effect immediately.

The reduction comes at a time when there is a pending court case brought by three major media houses against the government over what they term as the unconstitutional manner in which the digital migration has been conducted.

It is unclear whether the reduction of the tariffs is going to affect the case.

Before the review, the Pan-Africa Network Group (PANG) had proposed to charge broadcasters a monthly signal distribution fee of KES 1 135 312.50 per channel in Nairobi. Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-owned SIGNET on the other hand had proposed to charge KES 248 141 per mega bit (Mbit) for signal distribution services within Nairobi.

Muthusi said that in other sites in Kenya, SIGNET had proposed to charge a uniform signal distribution fee of KES 248 141.45 per mega bit, while PANG had proposed to charge a flat monthly fee of KES 378 437.50 for signal distribution services in Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisii and Meru. 

In the determination, CCK further requires the two digital signal distributors to publish a Reference Offer three months from Wednesday in order to ensure that there is access, transparency and non-discrimination on the terrestrial signal distribution platform.

– CAJ News

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