Kenya begins analogue switch off

Kenya has begun its switch to digital broadcasting, following a High Court ruling that paved the way for digital migration as planned.

The switchover, initially set for 13 December, was temporarily stalled by a court challenge. However, the High Court dismissed the challenge on 23 December, and migration began on 26 December.

The switchover to digital has now taken place in Nairobi County, Kiambu County, Ngong, Ongáta Rongai, Kitengela, Isinya, Kajiado, Athi River, Machakos, Thika, Makuyu, Kigumu Kerugoya, Githunguri and Embu.

In a media statement, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Dr Fred Matiang’i, said the switch-off date was arrived at through consultation with the stakeholders involved under the auspice of the Digital Television Committee (DTC) at its 76th meeting held on 24 December 2013. The membership of the DTC comprises the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), representatives from consumer organizations, Media Owners Association and other content providers, signal distributors, and set top box vendors. The DTC is charged with the mandate of overseeing the implementation of Digital Migration in the country. 

He said: “My Ministry is working in close collaboration with the digital set top box vendors and I can confirm the availability of sufficient stock of set top boxes to meet the demand of the market. I would like to encourage consumers, particularly those in Nairobi to acquire approved set-top boxes of their choice from authorised vendors so as to avoid any inconveniences attendant to the upcoming switch-off. Consumers should also take extra measures to ensure they do not fall prey to unscrupulous vendors who may want to capitalise on the high demand by offering un-approved set top boxes to unsuspecting consumers. The list of approved set top boxes and authorised vendors is available on website

We have over 1.1 million set top boxes in the country and more will be brought in to satisfy future demand. I am therefore confident that we have sufficient capacity to migrate all television households in Nairobi and the environs.”

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