DStv, Africa's leading Pay TV operator through Digital Mobile Television Kenya (DMTV) and Multichoice Kenya, has today launched its Drifta mobile dongle in Kenya. The Drifta dongle uses Digital Video Broadcast Handheld (DVBH) to allow watching of various DSTV channels through PCs and mobile devices. The service will be available in Nairobi, Mombasa and the environs of the two cities including Thika, Athi River, Kitengela and Kilifi up to Diani. The announcements were made today by Stephen Isaboke - GM Multichoice and Felix Kyengo - General Manager DMTV, at Nairobi's Sankara Hotel.

The service can be accessed on the go and will be available for use on Microsoft Windows PC and laptops, as well as iOS devices including the iPad and the iOS. Kyengo said that other devices including Blackberry, Symbian 3 and Android would be supported soon.

Drifta will be accessible through two mobile dongles, a USB dongle that works with the PCs and Laptops for about Ksh 7,000 (Drifta 2) and the Drifta 1 which is accessible to mobile devices via a WiFi signal. The Drifta 1 will be sold at Ksh 10,999. Kyengo said the high prices of the mobile dongles in Kenya compared to South Africa were due to taxation and duties.

DStv customers will have a choice of four bouquets starting with the free bouquet at no charge, the Mini at Ksh 240 per month , the Maxi at Ksh 1,000 per month and the Maxi Plus which is available as part of the DStv Premium Bouquet.

Channels available on the free bouquet include KTN, KBC and NTV while the mini bouquet includes Africa Magic, Channel O, Cartoon Network and BET in addition to those available on the free bouquet. The Maxi bouquet also include Super Sport 9 and Super Sport 10 while the Maxi Plus bouquet includes Super Sports 3.

DStv denied that the Drifta had been introduced in the market as a response to Wananchi's launch of Zuku Tv. Isaboke says that Multichoice has continuously worked to provide more values to their customers through the introduction of new products and services. These include DVB-H services which have been available through various mobile phones in the country since 2008 and the recent introduction of DStv mobile channels through 3G. Other products include the investment in production of local content and the purchase of local content leading to the DStv Swahili Channel.

Isaboke also stated that Multichoice supports the government's adoption of Digital Video Broadcast - Terrestrial 2 (DVB-T2) as the standard for Digital Terrestrial Television. The current standard is DVB-T which most countries have upgraded to DVB-T2.