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Digital TV will be in major towns in Kenya by December.

ALL the major towns in Kenya will have Digital Terrestrial Television signals by the end of 2012 as the country migrates from analogue TV, Information minister Samuel Poghisio said in Mombasa on Tuesday night. He said the government is committed to move to digital TV for the majority of the viewing population by December. “As a country we are determined that by the end of this year, we should have at least our four million viewers in the main cities already migrating to digital TV, with this we’ll be ahead of the 2015 deadline,” said Poghisio at the launch of Multichoice’s Gotv in Mombasa.
“Government has decided that residents in the main cities to be in digital by the end of this year, and then later other places will have a good chance to move,” the minister said. Two signal distributors, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation’s Signet and Pan-Africa Group have been contracted to set up the networks. Poghisio said Kisumu, Eldoret and Nakuru are next on line after Nairobi and Mombasa
GOtv General Manager, Felix Kyengo said the service provider will also be rolling out in the major towns this year as the signal distribution expands. Multichoice is one of the four dealers of second generation of Digital Video Broadcast Terrestrial technology (DVB-T2) that the Communications Commission of Kenya has approved to sell signal converter set-top boxes. The others are Star Times Media, professional Digital System and Micro-ville Solutions.
CCK has said that the analogue transmission will be completely switched off in Nairobi by September when all viewers are expected to have set-top boxes, the devices that convert analogue signals to digital. All viewers with analogue TV sets are expected to have acquired set-top boxes by then, with the devices’ price expected to go down by at least 25 per cent following a recent tax waiver by government.

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Africa will now have its own Internet domain name; dot Africa, in the next 18 months. This is after the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) completes its evaluation for over 500 applications from various Registry Operators across Africa who have shown interest to run and manage the domain name. ICANN, which is the global company responsible for allocating Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and managing the systems, will give its final decision in the first quarter of 2013. Kenya Internet Governance Steering Committee chair at the Ministry of Information Alice Munyua said the name will help market African investors to the outside world through the Internet. “Dot Africa is a top level domain name, similar to what we have here in Kenya, dot ke; like the way we use gmail.com, yahoo.co.uk and so on. So this is going to be a very new top level domain name that identifies Africa as a whole region,” said Munyua. The successful applicant is required to release details on how individuals and organizations from various parts of the continent can go about registering with the name. Legal and Policy Manager at South African based company UniForum, Neil Dundas, sought to defend his firm after the African Union (AU) endorsed it to be selected by ICANN. He instead said ICANN has the final word and that whoever wins will be monitored for five years and if proved incapable, the management will be given to another domain Registry company from any company in the continent. “We have tried our best to work with the African stakeholders including the African Union Commission, to ensure that South Africa is not seen as a monopoly on this,” clarified Dundas. He said Kenya is going to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the initiative, due the rapid increase in the use of Internet especially by the business community to sell their products and services online.

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