Four free to air television stations close

Written By: Caroline Njenga

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)
Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)

Four free to air television channels closed between July and September last year.

This is according to the latest data Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) that also indicates that digital broadcasting signal has risen to 83.6 percent after signal rollout in Kilifi, Tana River, Taita, Marsabit and Maralal.

The data also indicates that Kenyans transacted 1.7 trillion shillings between July and September last year on mobile money transfer service, representing an increase of 54.5 percent from a similar period last year.

During the three months of September 2017, mobile penetration rose by 1.7 percentage points to reach 90.4 per cent from 88.7 per cent recorded during the previous quarter.

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The number of mobile subscriptions stood at 41 million up from 40.2 million reported in the preceding quarter marking a growth of 1.9 per cent.

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Mobile money transfer hit 1.7 trillion shillings, a 54.5 per cent increase from a similar period last year as subscribers increasingly used mobile money to pay for goods and services.

Mobile commerce transactions which include Customer-to-Business, Business-to-Customer and Business-to-Business were valued at 714.3 billion shilling while Person- to-Person transfers amounted to 544.1 billion shillings.

The total number of Short Messages sent during the quarter increased significantly to post 19.2 billion messages from 15.2 billion registered last quarter.

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During the quarter under review, data/internet subscriptions witnessed a growth of 4.3 per cent to stand at 30.8 million subscriptions from 29.6 million subscriptions reported the previous quarter.

During the period, the number of broadband subscriptions grew by 14.3 per cent to reach 17.6 million from 15.4 million recorded during the previous quarter increasing the broadband penetration to 38.8 per cent.

However, digital broadcasting had a setback after four free to air television stations withdrew content from the digital terrestrial platform leaving the country with 62 free to air television stations.

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The number of pay TV service providers on the Digital Terrestrial Television platform remained unchanged.

SIGNET rolled out digital broadcasting signal in Marsabit and Maralal while ADN rolled out digital television signal in Kilifi, Tana River and Taita which helped push up digital broadcasting signal to 83.6 percent of the Kenyan population as at September 2017 as compared to 78.5 percent reported three months earlier.

As at September last year, 969,000 for Free-to-Air set top boxes and 4.45 million PAY TV set top boxes had been purchased in Kenya.

The number of FM radio stations in the country remained unchanged at 178 stations.


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