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Four free to air channels exit Kenyan market

James Omollo

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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.

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

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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