Four free to air television stations exit the market

Written By: Caroline Njenga
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Four free to air television channels exited the digital television broadcasting platform between July and September last year leaving Kenya with 62 free to air television channels.

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

Latest quarterly statistics by the Communications Authority of Kenya indicate that digital broadcasting suffered a setback during the three months to September last year after four free to air television stations exited from the digital terrestrial platform leaving the country with 62 free to air television stations.

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The Communications Authority of Kenya has not specified reasons as why the four free to air stations withdraw content from the digital television platform.

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The quarterly report indicates that digital television signal distributors rolled out digital broadcasting signal in Marsabit, Maralal, 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.

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

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

The quarterly report also indicates that during the three months of September last year, the number of mobile subscriptions increased by 768,000 to stand at 41 million, which pushed up mobile penetration to 90.4 percent.

Of this, Safaricom has 29.4 million mobile subscriptions representing a market share of 71.9 percent while Airtel has 6.1 million subscriptions representing a market share of 14.9 percent.

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Telkom Kenya has 3.4 million mobile subscriptions with a market share of 8.4 percent while Equity’s Finserve has 1.9 million subscriptions representing a market share of 4.7 percent.

Between July and September last year, transactions worth 1.659 trillion shillings were conducted on the mobile money transfer platform.

Of this, 714.3 billion shillings was spent in buying goods and services while person to person transfers amounted to 544.1 billion shillings.

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