DVB T2 signal now on air in Nairobi area

GOVERNMENT

-
Image: Bitange Ndemo. By BiztechAfrica
Bitange Ndemo

The DVB T2 signal is now on air in Nairobi, and will soon be available in other parts of the country.

Around Nairobi, the signal can be received in Ngong, Kajiado, parts of Machakos, Kiambu, Thika, parts of Muranga, and some parts of Embu. 

The Government says that by July 2012, the DVB T2 digital TV signal would be available in 70% of the country. Briefing the stakeholders on the status of the migration process, Information and Communications Permanent Secretary Dr. Bitange Ndemo said the Government was committed to ensuring that all Kenyans have access to digital TV services.

The Permanent Secretary called on the private sector to import DVB T2 compliant set top boxes for sale in the country to facilitate access to digital TV services by the public.  

“We shall continue engaging the Treasury with a view to ensuring a waiver of import duty on digital TV decoders to make the devices more affordable to Wananchi,” Dr. Ndemo said. He also called on all TV broadcasters to put their content on the DVB T2 platform for wider viewership across the country. 

Broadcasters who fail to adopt digital technology, said Dr. Ndemo, would not survive as the digital technology would in the near future change the broadcasting landscape radically.  

CCK Director General Francis Wangusi urged consumers to only buy type approved set top boxes. He assured those interested in importing DVB T2 decoders for sale in the country of CCK’s speedy type approval of the gadgets. 

Wangusi said the Government would, through CCK, soon launch a consumer awareness campaign to educate consumers on various aspects of the migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. 

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Managing Director Waithaki Waihenya said SIGNET’s digital TV signal would be available in Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri and Nakuru by June 2012. The Pan African Network CEO, Michael Wu, said his firm would have a footprint in the major towns in Kenya by the end of the year. The Pan African Network is the second digital signal distributor in the country. 

Speaking on behalf of the broadcasters, Radio Africa CEO Patrick Quarcco called on the Government and CCK to promote the local film industry in order to ensure production of quality local content. Nation Media Group’s CEO Linus Gitahi said the entire local broadcast industry would now join the DVB T2 platform in light of the roll out the DVB T2 infrastructure. 

Digital TV broadcasting offers higher spectrum efficiency, better picture quality and clearer sound.  It also supports more value added services and greater interactivity such as electronic programming guides (EPG), games. 



Joseph - April 20, 2012, 8:57 a.m.

A good idea but the gadgets are not available. Why cant the government import the gadgets and resell to the public - afterall it is of national interest.

Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

DRC capital awaits high speed internet

One year after the inauguration of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s fibre optic landing station, many Kinshasa residents are yet to taste the high speed internet promised by the government. Read More

Smart city numbers set to soar

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period that started last year, according to a new report from IHS Technology.  Read More

NCS: deploy CCTV to tackle insecurity

The President of the Nigerian Computer Society, Prof. David Adewumi, has urged the Federal Government to invest massively on the installation of Close Circuit Television, CCTV, in strategic places across the nation to address security challenges. Read More

Kenyan capital adopts e-payment system

The Nairobi City County Government has moved to ease payment for services and streamline revenue collection by switching to e-payments. Read More

Congo-Brazzaville to launch digital governance agency

The Republic of Congo will soon launch a digital governance agency, to monitor and control the implementation of the country’s ICT projects.  Read More

Malawi launches Internet Governance Forum

Dr Edmund Katiti The Malawi Government and Nepad have launched the Malawi Internet Governance Forum in an effort to bring a semblance of order to the internet services in the country. Read More

Environmentalists welcome improved technology

Participants in a recent Monitoring For Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) conference in Botswana were upbeat about the new technologies that MESA is harnessing.  Read More

Kaberuka addresses Africa’s infrastructure gap at OECD

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka made a strong case for the importance of tackling private investment impediments in the African infrastructure agenda during the joint AfDB, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Growth Center (IGC) event in Paris. Read More

Kenya inaugurates USAC

Kenya’s new Universal Service Advisory Council (USAC) has been inaugurated by the Cabinet Secretary, Information, Communications and Technology.  Read More

Education Minister: ICT vital in schools

Botswana’s Acting Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mokgweetsi Masisi, has called for an increased uptake of ICTs in all schools in the country.  Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Widening ICT skills gap: Cause for concernWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern

Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

Kenya rolls out e-extension to improve agricultureKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture

In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.