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Nigeria to meet 2015 digital switch-over deadline, says Minister

Nigeria to meet 2015 digital switch-over deadline, says Minister
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The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that it would would ensure a seamlessly transition from analogue to digital television broadcasting in the country to meet the international deadline of July 2015.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Emeka Mba, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)”]”Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in partnership with StarTimes had been licensed to set up a special entity that would transmit signals for public broadcast stations while the signal distributor for the private broadcast stations would soon be selected in a competitive bidding in line with global best practices”[/blockquote]
Labara Maku, Minister of Information, who dropped this hint while delivering his keynote address at the  flag-off of Nigeria’s Pilot Digital Switchover in Jos said that by July 17, 2015, the country will join the rest of the world to meet the switchover deadline in compliance with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN specialised agency that supervises the global ICT industry.

According to the Minister, the White Paper issued by the Federal Government shows full support for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to drive the transition project with adequate funding and the necessary legislation to enable the broadcast regulator function effectively in the new era.

David Jonah Jang, Governor of Plateau State, while flagging off the switchover and unveiling the official mascot “DigiNaija” said that digitization will bring higher quality broadcast content and wider choice of channels.

In a similar vein, Emeka Mba, Director-General, NBC explained that the goal of striving to keep up with the global revolution of digital TV transition is to make sure that broadcasting continues to serve the needs of Nigerians and remains socially relevant in the lives of the nation and its people.

”Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in partnership with StarTimes had been licensed to set up a special entity that would transmit signals for public broadcast stations while the signal distributor for the private broadcast stations would soon be selected in a competitive bidding in line with global best practices”, the NBC chief said.

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