Maralal, Sunday June 10, 2018
About 60 households in Samburu County which were locked out after the analogue to digital TV migration have received free digital set top boxes.
The initiative dubbed digital TV project for Kenya is being implemented by the ministry of Information, Communication and Technology(ICT) on behalf of the government of Kenya and Startimes Software Technologies on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.
Speaking at Archers post in Samburu East after visiting the beneficiaries, Star Times Kenya Chief Executive Officer(CEO) David Zhang said that the project targets to connect 800 households countrywide to increase access to information to all Kenyans.
He said that there is need to increase the digital TV coverage in Kenya to 100 percent since a good majority in remote areas have no access to digital signals after the analogue systems were switched off.
Ministry of ICT Information secretary Kathrine Getao said that a team was sent to conduct a house to house questionnaire survey in Archers post, Wamba and Lodungokwe villages in Samburu East to enable fair and equitable distribution of the set top boxes.
“The minimum requirement for a household to be considered is that it should be connected to a power source, have a functioning TV set and should not own any set top box and after successful selection engineers will be sent to connect the set top boxes in a months’ time,” she said.
Getao added that two public institutions from each village have also benefited from the project to ensure that community members who don’t meet the initial minimum requirements can have access to digital TV.
“Since the objective of the project is to reach many people as possible, two public institutions in each village that serve a high number of people have received digital set boxes and projectors for learning purposes,” Getao added.
Dickson Koiya ,a beneficiary welcomed the installation saying that he is now connected to the rest of the country and the world.
“I can now watch news in the comfort of my house and there are informative channels for children,” he said.
The digital TV project for Kenya which will be completed in August will be implemented in two phases where phase one will target 300 villages and phase two will complete the remaining 500 villages.