DVB T2 signal now on air in Nairobi area
GOVERNMENT| April 13, 2012, 7:24 a.m.
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.
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