The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: City's Digital Deadline Looms

Photo: Capital FM
The Communication Commission of Kenya sued over analogue transmission switch off.

The analogue television signal will be switched off on December 31 in Nairobi. This will be replaced by the digital signal.

Some four million television sets in Nairobi will go blank on January 1 2013 year unless their owners tap the free digital signal using set-top-boxes.

Information PS Bitange Ndemo said the rest of the country will migrate from analogue to digital by June next year. The East African Community had set itself the end of 2012 as the digital migration deadline, but Kenya missed its self imposed June 2012 deadline.

The global deadline for total migration from analogue to digital transmission is 2015. Telecommunication companies have been agitating for fast tracking of the migration process to enable them acquire freed frequencies and increase their products.

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