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Set-Top Boxes

 

Introduction

Kenya’s migration to the digital television broadcasting was inaugurated on the 8th of December 2009 by H.E., Hon. Mwai Kibaki President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.  The launch marks the beginning of the transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting in Kenya.

Kenya is one of the few countries in Africa to embark on migration, having set 2012 as the deadline for the analogue television switch-off.   The International Telecommunication Union Regional Radio communications Conference (RRC-06) set 2015 as the global deadline.

The migration to digital television broadcasting is scheduled to take place in three phases. The first phase is the digital switch-on. The digital signal will initially be transmitted in Nairobi and its environs including Kajiado, Machakos, Naivasha and Murang’a. The other two phases will involve distributing the signal to other parts of the country during the dual-illumination period before the eventual switch-off of the analogue signal.

A large number of television broadcasters already have local programmes on the digital platform provided by Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, the initial signal distribution licensee.

The transition process is propelled by the Digital Television Committee, under the guidance of the Ministry of Information and Communications.  The initiative operates under the banner of Digital Kenya, whose secretariat is housed by Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).

The benefits of migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting include: additional services, higher video and audio quality, greater spectrum efficiency; and more programme channels in one frequency. Consumers will have more choices of enhanced broadcasting applications, multimedia data and entertainment services. In addition, competition is expected to increase due to new entrants in the broadcasting market.

 

Startimes Group and Technology Source Point Ltd.

Startimes the manufacturer of ST300T set top box has appointed Technology Source Point as its regional distributor.

 

Distribution Model

Technology Source Point Ltd (TSP) will distribute and promote Star Set Top Boxes (STB) countrywide through partnership with major retailers as well as appointing Agents.

 
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