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Kenya: Analogue switch off to be done in 3 phases

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The process will result in the issuance of self provisioning infrastructure licenses for signal distribution by Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services, in line with the Supreme Court ruling.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has revealed the rollout timetable for Kenya’s shift from analogue to digital broadcasting. The reveal was made public after industry stakeholders agreed on a schedule for the switch over.

CA Director General, Francis Wangusi, stated that: “The analogue switch-of will be implemented in three phases beginning with Nairobi.” According to Wangusi it is expected to be switched off on 31 December 2014.

Wangusi also revealed that the second phase that will cover Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kakamega, Kisii, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyahururu, Machakos, Narok and Loldiani (Rongai), which set to switch off on 2 February 2014.

According to Telecompaper, the third phase will be carried over all other remaining sites, which will be switched off on 30 March 2014. The process will result in the issuance of self provisioning infrastructure licenses for signal distribution by Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services, in line with the Supreme Court ruling.

Darryl Linington

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