Sixty households in Samburu County locked out after the analogue to digital TV migration will soon receive free digital set top boxes. The digital TV project for Kenya is being implemented by the ministry of Information, Communication and Technology on behalf of the government of Kenya and Star times Software Technologies on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.
Eric Kiilu, the projects’ team leader in Central region said the project targets to connect 800 households countrywide to increase access to information to all Kenyans. He said there is need to increase the digital TV coverage in Kenya to 100 percent since a good majority in remote areas has no access to digital signals after the analogue systems were switched off.
Kiilu said that the ICT ministry is conducting a house to house questionnaire survey in Archers post, Wamba and Lodungokwe villages in Samburu East to enable fair and equitable distribution of the set top boxes. He said there is need to increase the digital TV coverage in Kenya to 100 percent since a good majority in remote areas has no access to digital signals after the analogue systems were switched off.
“Since the objective of the project is to reach many people as possible, two public institutions in each village that serve a high number of people will receive digital set boxes and projectors for learning purposes,” Kiilu added. The digital TV projector Kenya, which will be completed in August will be implemented in two phases, where phase one will target 300 villages and phase two will complete the remaining 500 villages.