STB cost won’t deter Kenya’s digital migration

The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) stated that the affordability of set-top boxes (STB) and pay-TV decoders is not a hindrance to DTT migration and that the analogue signal switch-off will start as scheduled at midnight of Friday in Nairobi and its environs.

“We don’t expect any signal failure,” said Mutua Muthusi, Director of communications and public affairs. “We have 1.8 million STBs and based on data from accredited distributors, they have been selling between 5,000 and 8,000 boxes over the past few weeks.” StarTimes said it has sold approximately 200,000 set top boxes in the country with Nairobi accounting for 605 of the total. GOtv did not give sales data, but said uptake has had increased in recent weeks.

However, a digital migration survey by Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) published last week established that majority of the participants wanted the cost of STBs to be reduced to KES 1,000 (USD 11.50) from prevailing KES 4,500 (USD 51.8) and KES 5,000 (USD 57.6).