Kenya begins digital migration


When it comes to the digital migration project, many governments in Africa  have missed the deadlines. Digital migration is basically the switch over from analog technology to digital in TV broadcasting. In March this year a court of Appeal in Kenya ruled that the digital migration be postponed till September 30, which gave an 8-month extension. Kenya’s Communications Authority has this week launched a consumer awareness campaign ahead of the migration in the Nairobi area 31 December.

The regulator has urged citizens to obtain digital set-top boxes to avoid a last-minute rush after the switch-off.

CA Director General Francis Wangusi stated that there would be no extension of analogue broadcasting, as there is limited time left to the June 2015 deadline set by the ITU. UCC in Uganda is also working within the same deadline, and in Kenya the final day for analogue broadcasting will be 2 February 2015 for the cities like Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kakamega, Kisii, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyahururu (Nyadundo), Machakos, Narok and Londiani (Rongai)  .

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The rest of the country will switch 30 March 2015.