Three new pay-TV stations set to launch in Kenya

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Three Nairobi-based companies have applied for commercial free-to-air television broadcasting licences, as Kenya migrates from analogue transmission to digital, The Star reported. Acme Communications, Global Konnect and Number One TV have been issued with temporary permits by the Communications Authority of Kenya to roll out digital broadcasting services, pending public feedback within 30 days from 20 January.

A single frequency on the digital terrestrial TV broadcasting platform can hold up to 20 channels, widening spectrum resources. TV competition is expected to shift to content as opposed to wide reach. The entry of the new stations brings the number of free-to-air TV channels in the country to 38. CA director general Francis Wangusi published the details in the latest Kenya Gazette.

The stations are to use the digital terrestrial broadcast signals of KBC's subsidiary Signet, Chinese-owned Pan Africa Network and Radio Africa Group's Lancia Digital. A temporary licence to Africa Digital Network was withdrawn last week for alleged gross violation of regulations.

Source: Telecompaper 27 January 2015