Kenya has committed to start switching off analogue TV transmissions in December this year after missing previous targets of June 2012, December 2012 and September 2013. The digital switchover will happen first in Nairobi and its environs, and gradually roll out to other major towns across the country.
Daniel Obam, a communications radio technology expert at Kenya´s National Communications Secretariat, suggested Kenya should adopt the Tanzanian model of digital migration which was completed in early 2013. “There will always be one challenge or another so it is best to do like Tanzania did – switch over and solve issues as they emerge,” said Obam at the Digital Dialogue held last week in UAE.
Tanzania is so far the only country in sub-Saharan Africa to have complete the switch over. Eleven countries are yet to announce their migration deadlines, 17 have policy papers on migration, 20 have started piloting, while seven (such as Mauritius) were early adopters.