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Digital Switchover: Regulator commissions free-to-air TV decoders in Lagos

*Digitisation of broadcasting brings a whole gamut of opportunities for Nigerian consumers, says Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission

*The Lagos State Government assures residents that the Digital Switchover facility in the state would enhance job creation and content development

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In making good its earlier promise to active the facility in the commercial capital of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has officially launched the Digital Switchover (DSO) in Lagos State.

ConsumerConnect reports the activation now enables the transition from analogue to digital transmission and increased television penetration in the state.

Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, Director-General of NBC, who stated this at the launch of the DSO in Lagos Thursday, April 29 said: “The Digital Switchover being activated in Lagos today means that with just a set-top box, residents of Lagos can now enjoy over 30 digital television services.

The NBC Director-General noted: “It must be stated that the digitisation of broadcasting brings a whole gamut of opportunities for Nigerians.

“It is perhaps, without doubt, the fastest and safest way to leapfrog those at the lower rung up the digital divide.”

Prof. Idachaba stated: “With this roll-out in Lagos, a projected five million Lagos residents are instantly going to access digital television services not only for broadcasting but with converged opportunities to telecom and other ancillary services.”

Stressing that jobs would also be created for creatives, engineers and technicians, he noted that small-scale business activities are going to be stimulated around proposition, sale of boxes, installations and content production.

The Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) free project by the Nigerian government is one that is homegrown, said Idachaba.

The home manufactured Set Top Box, according to him, is a melting and convergence point of our collective heritage.

The Director-General applauded Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Honourable Minister for Information and Culture for his drive and leadership to switch on the DTT signal in Lagos State.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, in his remarks on the occasion, said that the Digital Switchover in the state would enhance job creation and content development.

Represented by Mr. Olusina Thorpe, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, said that the innovation would empower many youths, especially those in the entertainment and tourism industry.

Sanwo-Olu said stressed that “universally, technology is now a fundamental and critical deliverable of every innovative government.

“It presents an opportunity for the citizens to have access to local, national and international space.”

He urged the ministerial task force on the DSO to make the Free TV box and after-sale support easily accessible.

Sanwo-Olu also noted that better days are certainly here as the Free TV of the DSO would afford Nigerians the opportunity to watch over 60 channels with great content at a cheaper rate and without a subscription to pay TV.

“We are excited that the DSO is relevant to the Lagos Smart City Project and the Lagos Broadband Initiative,” he said.

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