Kenya DTT process on track

Kenya’s digital migration process in on the right track, the Communication Authority(CA) announced that by the end of December, the number of set-top-boxes purchased was at 4.26 million, with 722,196 being free-to-air set-top-boxes while 3.5 million being pay TV.

This represent a rise from 3.04 million for pay TV and 95,493 for free-to-air set-top-boxes purchased during a similar period a year ago. The increase in the number of TV sets in Kenya has been attributed to the increase in the coverage of television signal following digital migration process.

“On December 31 2016, the number of free-to-air TV channels on the digital terrestrial platform stood at 66 up from 63 recorded in the preceding quarter,” noted the CA in its quarterly report.

FTA STB are now selling for an average of US$35 where it was for US$50 before the migration. Meanwhile pay TV customers have to pay between US$25 and 60 while it was US$100 before.

In related news, the number of pay TV service providers on the Digital Terrestrial Television platform in Kenya stands at two with MultiChoice’s low cost bouquet, GoTV and the Chinese Pay- TV operator StarTimes.