Nairobi TV Switch Set for December 13
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Analogue television broadcasting will be switched off in three phases starting with Nairobi on December 13, according to a gazette notice published by the ICT Ministry on Friday.
Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kisii, Nakuru, and Eldoret will be switched off on March 30, while the rest of the country will go digital from June 30. According to Digital Kenya, digital broadcasting was identified among six priority sectors expected to drive the economy under the Vision 2030 flagship.
In an ammended information and communications technology sector policy, ICT Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i stated that the switch off will enhance compliance with the International Telecommunication Union's digital television migration deadline. "The government has adopted a phased terrestrial television analogue switch off in order to comply with the June 17, 2015 deadline which was set out in the GE-O6 agreement," Matiang'i said.
According to ITU, some countries preferred an additional five year extension for the VHF band at the end of the transition period, and they were allowed on condition that they do not cause interference or claim protection. The gazette notice states that entities providing terrestrial broadcasting transmissions in the specified regions should start moving to digital television platform.
"Providers of the VHF/ UHF television broadcasting radio frequency bands will migrate their television broadcast transmission systems from analogue to the digital signal distribution framework and infrastructure on or before the specified deadlines."
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