CCK lowers digital broadcast signal distribution charges

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has lowered tariffs to be charged by digital signal distribution networks to facilitate a smooth migration to DTT. CKK has set digital signal distribution charges at KES 125,990 (USD 1,455) per megabit in Nairobi and KES 93,202.75 (USD 1,076) per megabit for other sites in Kenya.

Before the review on Cost-Based Terrestrial Digital Broadcast Signal Distribution Tariffs, the Pan-Africa Network Group (PANG) had proposed to charge broadcasters a monthly signal distribution fee of KES 1,135,312.50 (USD 13,112) per channel in Nairobi, KES 378,437.50 (USD 4,370) for signal distribution services in Mombasa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisii and Meru and KES 126,145.83 (USD 1,456) in Malindi, Webuye, Garissa, Narok, Kericho, Isiolo, Kitale, Bungoma, Embu, Voi and other regions.

Signet, the second distributor owned by Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, had proposed charges of KES 248,141 (USD 2,866) per megabit in Nairobi and KES 248,141.45 (USD 2,866) per megabit for other sites in Kenya. CCK has asked PANG and Signet to publish a Reference Offer to ensure access, transparency and non-discrimination on the terrestrial signal distribution platform within three months, and prepare separate accounts for each commercial subsidiary within six months.