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Nigeria Makes History As Digital Broadcasting Takes Off In Jos

Posted: May 1, 2016 at 3:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


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About 200,000 free television boxes are to be given out  to residents of Jos, Plateau State, as Alhaji Lai Mohamed, Minister of Information, announced the launch of the pilot scheme of Nigeria’s digital switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting on Saturday, April 30, 2016, in Jos.

Mohammed stated that the train of digital broadcasting in Nigeria would be taken from city to city in different parts of the country, leading up to the deadline for nationwode coverage by 2017.

He affirmed that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was glad to be at the centre of driving the changing dynamics of the global broadcast industry in Nigeria, adding that government, through the NBC, has assigned the set-up box hardware distribution network in Nigeria to CCNL.

According to him, CCNL is expected to circulate the boxes into the distribution channels in the DSO regions securing the widest possible reach with value for consumers who want to have subsidized set-up boxes.

The minister added that Nigeria’s free TV DTT would be the largest in the world compared to the UK with 10 million, Australia with 13 million and New Zealand with three million. He added that  Nigeria would have 30 million free TV households by complete analogue switchoff.

“Today history is being made in Nigeria as a country and in the city of Jos; what we have dreamt of, imagined, attempted has now happened right here before our very eyes in the city of Jos,” he said.

According to him, the first color television in Nigeria started in Jos many years ago “and today we are transiting from analogue to digital broadcasting in the same city of Jos.”

Mohammed said with the switch, Nigeria has revolutionized broadcasting from analogue to digital which has serious economic multiplier effects on the local, state and federal government in the country.

All manufacturing companies so licensed are expected to manufacture set-up boxes locally  aimed at creating employment to engage Nigerians in meaningful ventures.

On his part, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, through Deputy Governor Sonny Tyoden, said he was happy that the exercise took off from the state capital Jos, saying his state has remained a pace setter in broadcasting in the country .