from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – GLOBAL System for Mobile communication Arena (GSMA) believes valuable lessons can be derived from Kenya’s experience with its digital switchover in the last ten years.
This is carried in a report, Digital Migration Process in Kenya”, providing useful information and guidance to regulators and policymakers from other countries where similar migration processes are ongoing or being planned.
“For countries that want to connect more of their citizens to the enabling power of mobile technology, making the so-called Digital Dividend spectrum (700/800 MHz band) available is key to expanding coverage,” said John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA.
“As one of the largest and most diverse economies in East Africa, Kenya is a hub for technology and innovation in the region. One thing the country’s digital television migration shows is that, irrespective of the challenges faced, they can be overcome.”
Planning for the analogue to digital television migration in Kenya began in 2006.
GSMA noted government had a powerful vision that the migration would not only be a vehicle to deliver improved audio-visual content to Kenyan consumers but would also more efficiently and effectively utilise spectrum, freeing up the Digital Dividend spectrum band for mobile.
The trade body attributed Kenya’s gains in that regard to a well-planned roadmap, transparency, industry input and well-run consumer awareness campaigns.
GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.
– CAJ News