Majority of Kenyans want digital migration postponed

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) claims that 64% of Kenyans want the country’s digital migration to be postponed from December 13 to June 2014 while criticising the handling of the project by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

State-owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has launched its own 11-channel DVB-T2 service on Kenya’s Signet DTT system, while StarTimes received the second DTT license – launching service in July last year. A survey of 1,000 people found that the majority of participants believe that the necessary digital set-top boxes should be priced at KES 1,000 (USD 11.50) or less, and wanted the third DTT license to be granted to the Media Owners Association (MOA).

With respect to existing TV providers, 39% of survey participants said DTH operator DStv was their preferred providers, followed by GOtv with 25%, StarTimes with 14% and Zuku with 11%. However, around 19% also voted StarTimes the worst provider, followed by Zuku with 13%.