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Kenya digital migration will affect Mozambique

25 September 2013, 14:29

Nairobi - Kenya warned it would not be "held liable" if its migration from analogue to digital broadcasting interfered with broadcast signals in neighbouring countries.

Kenya’s representative at the ongoing Digital Dialogue in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Daniel Onyango Obam, said Mozambique was likely to be the most affected by the migration, which Kenya is hopeful will be effective December.

"By December this year, Kenya will switch on its digital migration process. Everything has been put in place for the launch.

"While the date is just three months away, one of the likely issues that will occur will be interference with signals of our neighboring countries, especially Mozambique. There is definitely nothing that will stop that from happening," Obam, who is also the information communication (ICT) sector policy adviser to the government, said.

He said following the guidelines adopted by Africa countries on the digital migration protocol, Kenya "will not be held liable for the signal interferences that will occur in Mozambique."

Obam however noted that the only way that Mozambique can avoid such interferences on its signal, will be to kick start its own digital migration process along with other African countries.

He said the government was committed to the meet the December deadline it set itself and mandated every stakeholder in the process to ensure that the date was met.

The International Telecommunications Union has set June 2015 as the international deadline.

- CAJ News


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