ITU rules out digital TV deadline extension

The secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Hamadoun Toure, during a visit to Kenya clarified that the June 17, 2015 deadline for global migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) will not be extended for any country.

Toure’s comment came after the Kenyan Court of Appeal postponed the judgement on the case by three broadcasters against the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) who claim to have been blocked out of the digital migration process. “We knew it was doable when we set the migration deadline in 2005. The benefits of the migration exercise to both consumers as well as broadcasters are also enormous,” said Toure.

Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Cameroun, Malawi, Botswana, and Mauritius are among those African countries that have begun the analogue to digital migration process. However the majority of the continent is yet to switch to DTT.