The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: KBC to Import Digital Decoders

State body, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation is set to join the Set-top box distribution market as the race to digital television migration intensifies.

KBC yesterday advertised a tender for a partnership venture in sourcing and distribution of the boxes within the country.

Everyone with the analogue TV - currently estimated at 4 million sets- must have a converter box to receive digital signals once analogue transmission is switched off. The corporation is seeking a piece of this lucrative market.

KBC is also one of the two digital signal distributor through its subsidiary company Signet.

The ministry of information had earlier said that government would not interfere in the converter boxes market saying it would leave the prices to the forces of demand and supply.

The Set-top boxes have been exempted from tax but the prices still high.

Currently the approved STB cost Sh5,500 or more. It was not immediately clear if KBC plans to sell at subsidised prices.

Analogue switchoff is expected to start in Nairobi, on December 31, unless the court halts the process in today's hearing.

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