Kenya confirms timetable for analogue switch-off

Kenya will begin its analogue switch-off on December 13, 2013, in Nairobi followed by other major cities, including Mombasa, Malindi, Nyeri, Meru, Kisumu, Webuye, Kisii, Nakuru and Eldoret, on March 30, 2014. Kenya’s ICT Ministry announced that the rest of the country will make the transition from June 30.

This news comes after repeated postponement of the country’s digital migration deadline, originally set for mid-2012. However, with the latest deadlines less than two months away, close to half of Nairobi’s TV households are yet to acquire digital STBs.

MultiChoice Africa has offered to supply 1.5 million STBs at subsidised rates to facilitate a smooth migration, while Zuku and DStv have also signed deals with local broadcasters to allow their decoders to receive FTA digital channels ahead of the switch-off in Nairobi.