CCK and COFEK get more time to agree on analogue TV signal switch-off

The Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK), Kenya’s consumer lobby group, and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) have been given an extra month, until March 13, to conclude negotiations on the start of analogue television signal switch-off in Kenya.

In a post on COFEK’s Facebook page, the consumer advocacy group stated the extension was to ensure that they come to a full agreement.

This comes after the CCK and COFEK told the High Court on February 20 they had settled on a September 15 deadline.

The two groups have been having discussions since last month after COFEK managed to get a restraining order from the High Court late last year barring the CCK from proceeding with the planned December 31 analogue television signal switch-off.

Earlier, the court had given the two parties until February 20 to come to an agreement on the issue.

The case was filed by COFEK in which it argued switching off analogue television broadcasting would leave many Kenyans without access to information, especially during the political campaign period.

It further argued the set-top boxes needed to receive digital broadcasting were too few and too expensive and that the government had given consumers too little notice to obtain the new devices.

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