Africa should learn from Kenya’s digital migration strategy

Many African countries have not yet migrated to the digital platform IT web Africa reports.  In fact, all the regions of the continent have made significant steps towards digital migration to beat the International Telecommunication Union’s deadline.

As of February 2017, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), based on its original deadline of digital migration17 June 2015, several countries are yet to start the process including Central African Rep., Eritrea, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Sao Tome and Principe and South Africa.

The study of Kenya found that the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting created a more robust broadcasting sector.

According to the report, the switchover resulted in a 20% increase in TV penetration and grew the total number of broadcasters from 14 (before the migration) to 65 (after the migration).

According to IT Web Africa, the number of broadcasters reaching multiple cities is also reported to have grown from five to 22, allowing for greater consumer choice and tailored content as well as employment creation.

The GSMA recommends that governments ensure that they present a detailed migration roadmap with information covering deadlines, spectrum management and public awareness.

According to the report, the switchover resulted in a 20% increase in TV penetration and grew the total number of broadcasters from 14 (before the migration) to 65 (after the migration).

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