This is according to Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi who says the number is out of 3.5million households which have television sets in the country.
“This means that we are having less that 1.5million households with no Set Top Boxes if that is anything to go by. But remember there are areas that we still have not switched off analogue. So, that doesn’t mean that a sizeable number of Kenyans are on TV blackout,” Wangusi said on Friday.
He says the number of Kenyans buying STBs to access digital broadcasting continues to increase due to the ongoing awareness both in the urban and rural areas.
“What I am hearing today from most of the vendors and digital platform providers is that approximately 5,000 Set Top Boxes are being sold like here in Nairobi every day.”
CA, he says, is at the moment working on ensuring that the country not only beats the June global digital migration deadline but addresses all challenges surrounding the process.
“We have been holding meetings with the signal distributors to try and provide gap fillers in order to have a uniform signal across the country. Gap fillers are some low power transmitters but on the same frequencies on what the main transmitters are operating from,” he explained.
Wangusi was giving the updates during the Nairobi County ICT public forum dubbed ‘Kikao Kikuu’ at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
Organised by the authority, the open forum is aimed at providing an opportunity for consumers of ICT services to interact with service providers, consumer organisations, other government agencies and CA.
“This is among the many public sensitization platforms that we are using as an authority to reach out to consumers on the arising issues within the communications sector,” Wangusi said.
Nairobi marks the fourth edition of ‘Kikao Kikuu’, with others being held in Machakos, Nakuru and Mombasa.