60 NEW set-top box dealers get CCK licence

Set top boxes in KenyaThe Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has issued licences to 60 new dealers of set-top boxes thereby increasing the number of set-top box dealers from 4 to 64. The increase in dealers will lead to competition and prices will definitely go down.
Francis Wangusi, Director General, the Communications Commission of Kenya said that the list of new dealers will be released soon and they will compete with StarTimes, Multichoice, Microville Solutions, Professional Digital Systemand Free-to-air dealers.Studies, however, reveal that despite a nationwide digital signal coverage of about 70%, less than 10,000 set-top boxes have been sold so far.

While Gospel – DVB – T2 set-top boxes are available at Professional Digital Systems Limited, for KSh. 8,700 Microville – DVB – T2 set-top boxes are available at Microville Solutions Ltd for KSh. 7,750. Both these decoders currently serve Nairobi and its environs and don’t require monthly subscription – you won’t have to pay monthly premiums to watch digital channels.

Free-to air DVB-T2 set-top boxes are now going for KSh. 5500 onwards. The Multichoice and StarTimes are selling their products at a lower price, but on the condition that their clients buy their services.

It is important to note that Gospel and Microville DVB-T2 set-top boxes only offer free to air channels. If you want to beat the digital migration and are in search of a set-top box where you won’t have to incur recurrent monthly subscription expenses, then Gospel – DVB – T2 or Microville – DVB – T2 decoders are the thing for you.

Last month, the CCK was accused by the Digital Decoder Dealers Association for delaying the licensing process warning that this could lead to import of sub-standard devices by crafty dealers.

The Harmonization of ICT Policies in Sub-Sahara Africa Conference was held in Nairobi which was organised by the International Telecommunications Union and the African Telecommunications Union. The main agenda of this conference was to discuss a draft agreement which sets outs how countries are to deal with frequent cross-border interferences across the 43 countries involved.

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