StarTimes Kenya to expand its national reach

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 17 July 2015

Chinese-owned digital TV provider StarTimes is eyeing eight more areas in Kenya for coverage before the end of the year, according to local reports.

Among the areas of the East African country being considered for expansion in the first phase are Kapenguria, Naivasha, Machakos, Nanyuki and Embu, Samuel Mburu, DVB-T2 maintenance engineer at StarTimes' operator Pan African Network Group (PANG) told COI / East Africa.

Currently, StarTimes' coverage follows the railway line from Mombassa to Kisumu, providing either digital terrestrial television (DTT) or direct-to-home (DTH) satellite services according to a susbscriber's location.

The pay-TV operator already has 14 DTT sites but reportedly aims to add seven more by December 2015.

"Since establishing our operations in Kenya, we have found a cordial operating environment that has facilitated the growth of our business. The Kenyan subscribers have equally shown an insatiable appetite for affordable digital television service; this has seen increased uptake of our service which has gone a long way in giving us confidence to set up our Africa operations in the country," said Pang Xinxing, president, PANG Group.