Kenya to digitise by 2015

The Radio Communication Conference (RRC) held in Geneva from May 15 to May16th resulted in a major commitment from participating countries to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting services by 2015.
Assistant Minister for Information and Communication, Hon. Koigi wa Wamwere, who led the Kenyan delegation, said that with the new technology it would no longer be necessary for players in the broadcasting sector to invest in expensive infrastructure for transmission. “Investors will only be required to concentrate on content creation and leave the multiplex operators to handle the distribution of the programmes” he went on to say.
In his paper ‘Establishing a Viable Broadcasting Policy for Africa: What are the Stakes and Options?’ Hon. Koigi wa Wamwere, noted that Africa has no option than to digitise radio and TV broadcasting in line with the worlds change to digital technology or perish as a continent. He said that Africans were already starved of information about their own societies, countries, other African countries and the world.
’Our thirst for information is big and it must be quenched quickly’ He went on to say that for the people to have more information more radio and TV stations were required and because the spectrum was already crowded the only way to obtain the additional space required was through digitisation. &   Thisdayonline
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