11 Jun Kenya: Kenyan, Chinese govts start 10,000 Villages Digital TV Project
The Kenyan ICT ministry and the Chinese Government have begun the 10,000 Villages Digital Television Project for beneficiaries in 47 counties to get access to satellite TV. This is one of the ten cooperation plans announced during the sixth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2015 in South Africa by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the governments of Kenya and China have put in place elaborate structures to ensure that the project is implemented as envisaged. The project is expected to cost KES 842.71 million, of which KES 428.22 million is for equipment and KES 414.49 million for implementation, with StarTimes as the contractor. Sixteen thousand individual households in 800 villages will be connected to a satellite dish, a high definition set-top box and accessories. Also, 2,400 public institutions will be connected through a satellite projector TV system and 32-inch TV sets.
StarTimes Kenya CEO David Zhang noted the village project in Kenya will create over 1,600 job opportunities directly as they intend to train at least two maintenance engineers in each of the 800 villages to sustain of the project. Hundreds of other engineers will be enrolled to undertake installation ahead of October completion date. Over one hundred and thirty engineers have so far been trained as efforts are made towards full implementation of the project.