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Kenya: 800 Villages To Have Access To Satellite TV Courtesy Of Startimes

It will now be possible for dwellers in eight hundred remote villages in Kenya to watch programmes on satellite television for free. This project is made possible in a collaborative effort of the Kenyan government and StarTimes (the Chinese technology Company).

Each of these 800  remote communities will have an installation of three solar-powered television sets that are equipped with satellite decoders.

Sammy Itemere, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary of the Kenyan Government said they are excited about the new initiative because it will help solve the long-standing challenge of the information gap between residents in rural and urban areas.

Statistics have indicated that that one out of six Kenyans especially those in the rural cannot access digital broadcasting. To provide a solution and help reduce this statistic, Chinese government through StarTimes has kicked off a ‘10,000 villages’ digital TV project in Africa starting with Kenya.

The villages that are benefiting from this project will each have two sets of solar-powered TV systems, and one set of 32 inch TV set satellite dish. These television sets would be at public facilities like schools or youth centres to ensure that most of the most people benefits.

The project also has its aim to make sure that at special interest groups consisting of persons living with disabilities, the elderly benefit.

Itemere said that should this project be successful it will improve and increase knowledge transfer, national cohesion, wealth creation, as well as facilitate the achievement of the present government’s big four agenda.

Commercial Chancellor of the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Kenya Dr Guo Ce expressed his excitement at the project and said that he hope it achieves its aims of, reducing to the barest minimum, the information gap. He likes the idea of the rural communities having equal access to digital television content like their urban counterparts.

This project is part of the proposal made by the Chinese president Xí Jìnpíng at the 2015 China-Africa Cooperation summit held in Johannesburg.


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