The move according to the company is to allow it to take advantage of the technological convergence that comes with TV migration. Safaracom revealed that this will allow it to expand its presence in the wireless internet market.
The company has already applied for the licence, complete with approval for a set-top box.
Safaricom is mainly interested in using the proposed set-top boxes to deliver internet to households that own a TV set, CEO Bob Collymore stated.
Safaricom plans to sell the universal set-top box in the local market, meaning buyers will also have access to all free-to-air TV channels.
Safaricom is the latest firm that has sought type approval for a set-top box. It has also applied for a digital broadcasting licence, which CA has yet to approve, said Francis Wangusi, the director general of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)