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CCK co-hosts regional digital migration meeting

Posted: 28 Nov, 2011

A high-level regional meeting on digital migration and spectrum policy opened in Nairobi today. 

Organized by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Communications, CCK and other organizations, the Digital Migration and Spectrum Policy Summit brought together policy makers, regulators, broadcasting and ICT experts across the African region to discuss effective regional approaches that ATU members could adopt in transitioning and re-allocating digital spectrum.

The summit will also examine the need to recast thinking on public sector spectrum management in light of liberalization, increased demand for spectrum and the need to deploy broadband networks for rural and underserved areas.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Qualcomm International are involved in the organization of the three-day Summit.

Presiding over the opening of the Summit, Information and Communications Minister Hon. Samuel Poghisio said the Kenya Government was proud of the gains made in the country with regards to growth and development of the ICT sector.

He noted that more still needed to be done particularly in educating consumers on the digital migration process and the role they ought to play for the switchover to take off.

Speaking at the same forum, CCK Board Chairman Hon. Eng. Phillip Okundi underscored the need to put in place a mechanism that will guarantee efficient use of the digital dividend once the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is fully realized. He urged participants at the summit to sustain cooperation between the public and private sectors in charting the way forward for digital migration in the African region.

Other keynote speakers included ATU Sectary General, Mr. Abdulkarim Soumaila, Qualcomm Senior Deputy President, Mr. Bill Bold, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Dr. Bitange Ndemo.

The summit will deliberate on policies on digital migration among them national administration transition plans in the region, policy and regulation for digital television transition, estimation of future spectrum needs for broadcasting in the regions, and harmonization of the digital dividend.

Establishing procedures for the award of the digital spectrum in the most efficient manner and current status of the digital dividend around the world including spectrum band plan approaches in other regions and use of digital dividend spectrum to facilitate broadcasting and broadband development in Africa shall also be discussed in the Summit.