NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 7 – 800 villages across the 47 counties in Kenya are set to benefit from the 10,000 villages’ digital television project which is a partnership between Kenya and the Chinese government.
The Sh800 million project will see 16,000 individual households and 2,400 public institutions get connected to StarTimes satellite television services at no cost.
Of the amount, Sh428.2 million will go towards purchasing equipment while Sh414.4 will be used in the implementation process.
The project targets African countries from which Kenya is the second biggest beneficiary.
StarTimes Kenya CEO David Zhang said the project will create over 1,600 job opportunities in Kenya, that include maintenance engineers in each village and hundreds of other engineers who will undertake the installation.
“Over 130 engineers have so far been trained as efforts are made towards full implementation of the project,” Zhang said.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the project falls in line with government mandate to deploy ICT for national development.
“We are starting with 300 installations to be completed by August 2018 and another 500 which should be done by October of this year,” Mucheru said.
He added that the move is part of the government’s plan to have a hundred percent coverage of digital terrestrial services across the country.
Kenya migrated to the digital platform in 2015 and has been pursuing for the course since then.