Kenya to ban import of ‘old’ STBs

Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) says it will ban the important of so-called ‘first generation’ digital decoders from January 1st 2018.

A statement on the CA’s website says specifically that TV decoders for the GoTv, Zuku, Startimes, DStv and Bamba services will not be permitted.

“The importation into Kenya of cable or satellite receivers/decoders that do not comply with the said digital video broadcasting, second generation terrestrial or satellite specifications shall not be permitted from January 1, 2018,” the statement said.

The key phrase here is ‘second generation’. The government is keen to see superior decoder boxes introduced with capability for Internet access and be fitted with an Ethernet port.

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