The digital switchover in Kenya has left more than 1.3 million Kenyan households unable to access free terrestrial TV broadcast.
The inability of more than 40% of Kenyans to access digital services was attributed to the poor distribution of set-top boxes, according to the Kenyan Communication Authority (CA).
“The poor distribution of set-top boxes was to blame for the television blackout,” said Francis Wangusi, Director-General CA. “Slightly more than 1.1 million households are yet to buy the set top boxes.”
Though, media houses in Kenya had requested a postponement of the analog switch-off due to the unavailability and affordability of the set-top boxes, the CA had refused to grant the request.
Mr Wagusi stated in the report that approximately 3.2 million set-top boxes have been imported by 79 licensed vendors, indirectly dismissing claims that shortage and high retail prices were the causes for the broadcast blackout.