ITU ALLOWS 30 AFRICAN NATIONS TO DELAY DIGITAL TV MIGRATION

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30 African countries will be allowed to extend their digital migration beyond the original global deadline by the The International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The original deadline was June 2015 and some of the countries included in the extension are Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Ethiopia and the Sudan.

This contradicts an argument by Francis Wangusi, director-general of the Communications Authority (CA), that Kenya must migrate by June 2015 or it would attract sanctions. Analogue broadcasts have already been shutdown and millions of Kenyans have not been able to access information through their TV sets for more than a week.

Wangusi states that Kenya will not seek an extension and that the CA is expected to penalise the African Digital Network, after its members went off air on 14 February, 2015.

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