CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya: Samsung Digital TV Among CCK Type Approved Devices

Regional consumer electronics firm, Samsung Electronics East Africa, is the first Television set manufacturing company to receive the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) type approval rating for one of its integrated digital TV models.

Speaking when he confirmed the availability of the new TV set, Samsung Electronics East Africa Consumer Electronics General Manager Allan Oyier confirmed that the firm had received the type rating approvals for its DVB-T2 compliant TV set from the Communications Commission of Kenya.

Ahead of the scheduled switch-off on analogue TV signal distribution in Kenya on 31st December, Oyier disclosed that Samsung has unveiled the Samsung ES 5600K model, which is a full High Definition Smart TV with an inbuilt DVB T2 digital receiver.

With a built in DVB-T2 Digital receiver, the Samsung ES 5600K TV set does not require a Set top box to receive digital Free to Air (FTA) TV programmes and is available in 32", 40" and 46" screen sizes.

The Samsung ES 5600K model which is already available at all leading Samsung authorised dealers and retail outlets including Nakumatt stores will complement the existing line of Samsung TV models available in the market.

With the switch off date looming, Samsung Electronics East Africa, Oyier explained will be extending a special introductory price for the Samsung Digital TV with an in built digital tuner. At the special introductory offer, customers wishing to upgrade will enjoy prices starting from Kshs 59,995 for a 32" Smart TV with Full High Definition among other features.

Said Oyier: "Samsung, understands the African consumers' needs and wants which inspire us to design and market products that meet such demands. Besides the inbuilt DVB-T2 receiver, the Samsung ES 5600K TV is also factory loaded also with our triple protector technology to withstand the impact of humidity, lightening and electricity surges through reduced power dependency."

According to the Communications Commission of Kenya, residents of Nairobi and its environs are expected to fully migrate to the Digital TV platform by the end of this year when the analogue TV signal will be switched off.

To continue enjoying Free to Air digital TV reception, TV viewers will be required to either buy an approved DVB-T2 set top box or a Free to Air Integrated Digital TV set to receive the digital TV signal.

With Digital TV, local viewers will enjoy high quality pictures and sound reception.

The scheduled migration which is part of Kenya's Vision 2030 goals has already seen the licensing of two Digital Signal Distributors Signet and Pan African Network Group (PANG) who are currently distributing the signals in ten major towns countrywide.

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