Nigeria Finally Ready For Digital Switch Over As NBC Confirms (See Details)

Director General of the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Mr. Moddebo Kawu, says Nigeria is ready for the Digital Switch Over (DSO) which is to kick off in June this year.
Kawu, who was in Calabar, with members of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on DSO, to inspect to inspect two companies licensed to manufacture setup boxes that will be used switch over, said the pilot scheme in Jos and Abuja have been successful.
Speaking to reporters at Gospell Digital, one of the companies, he said although the switch over may not cover the entire country at once, it would eventually be achieved, with all stakeholders working together.
He said, “We have a benchmark of June 2017. The question is that June is very close by and are we going to meet that deadline? Even after June we would continue to do the switch over all over the country. June 2017 benchmarks our intentions and obligations to the international telecommunications union. If you look at the size of the country, it is huge country and a digital switch over is a technical challenge, it is a logistic challenge and it is also a financial challenge. So when take all of these together, we are putting in place a process that will change the face of television broadcasting in our country forever. It is a big thing to do. We commenced DSO in Jos, we have commenced Analog Switch Off in Abuja and effectively started DSO. It is a marathon, not a sprint. And it is something, all of us working collectively, would eventually achieve for our country.”
Chairman of House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Digital Switch Over, Mr Sunday Marshall Katung, said the setup boxes were an integral part of the process of digital switch over, which is why they came to see how far the manufacturers had gone with the boxes that are to be supplied to subscribers.
He said he was impressed by the work of the two companies in Calabar.
“There would be no politicking with the DSO. It is something you can see and feel. The DSO is a reality. It is not only in Nigeria. Any country that does not do it is going to be cut off, so you going to be stuck with analogue so you lose signals, so you cannot watch anything. So Nigeria has no alternative but to pursue this process to its logical conclusion,” he said.

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