Kenyan digital TV switch delayed by private sector

The Kenyan government has blamed the private sector for the sluggish digital migration process in the country citing the numerous court cases which blocked the switchover. “The country was expected to migrate by June 2014, but with the cases pending in court we cannot. If the cases in court were resolved quickly, we will migrate sooner, “said Fred Matiang’I, Cabinet Secretary of Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

Three Kenyan broadcasters- The Standard Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services, last year, had approached the Court of Appeal against Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) for blocking them out from the digital migration process. The matter was later taken to the Supreme Court which ruled the case in favour of the broadcasters and postponed the migration date to September 30, 2014.

Matiang’I, while addressing the Third Africa Technology Union Digital Migration and Spectrum Policy Summit in Nairobi, also stressed that governments should promote dialogue with industry and consumer lobbies to address misunderstanding that has undermined digital migration. The Sub-Saharan African countries have come together for the summit to harmonise policy and regulatory frameworks to fast-track digital migration before the June 2015 deadline.