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ITU challenges Kenya on digital deadline

28 May 2014, 13:40

Nairobi - The global body in charge of regulating the telecommunications sector has challenged Kenya and other African countries to finalize the migration exercise before 17 June, 2015 deadline.

Speaking in Nairobi, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Director, Francois Rancy, said the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission will not only accord Television viewers more channels but it will as well open the spectrum to be used for mobile broadband.

He added that the failure to migrate had significant implications that would see broadcasters locked out of the digital terrestrial spectrum and hence block them from transmitting.

This, he said, would leave viewers with nothing to watch a move that could see broadcasters lose out on revenue.

Rancy however lauded Africa as a whole for the strides it has made in the relay of TV signals over the years.

“Africa can be legitimately proud of being the only region in the world to have successfully vacated the band 700 and 800 from television,” said Rancy.

Dr Fred Matiang’i, the Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications Technology, said that the country would increase its efforts to meet the set deadline despite the ongoing court cases challenging the manner in which the migration is being conducted.

The Court of Appeal shifted the date for digital migration in Kenya to September 2014 after a protracted court battle between media owners and the communications regulatory authority as well as the Ministry of ICT.

 – CAJ News

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