Digital Switchover in Nigeria

DSO: Kano migrates to digital broadcasting October 2021 ─NBC

*The National Broadcasting Commission discloses 13 local manufacturers have already been licensed to provide and distribute Set-Top Boxes with over 500,000 boxes available for the smooth Digital Switchover (DSO) in Kano State

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For an enriching viewing experience for consumers in the state, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has disclosed it concluded plans to migrate Kano terrestrial broadcasting to the digital transmission before the end of October 2021.

Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, Director-General of NBC, stated this development Sunday, October 3, in Kano, during a sensitisation workshop on Digital Switchover (DSO) the Commission organised for Information Officers and media influencers in Kano State, report said.

ConsumerConnect gathered Ilelah noted that 13 local manufacturers have already been licensed by the commission to provide and distribute Set-Top Boxes (STBs) with over 500,000 boxes available for the smooth switchover in the state.

Ilelah, who explained that Nigeria is ready to join the global community to actualise the digital switchover, added that NBC is working assiduously with Digiteam, middleware providers and content aggregators to ensure unimpeded migration from the analogue transmission.

According to the DG, Nigeria had kick-started the digitalisation process with partial migration in Jos, Oshogbo, Enugu, Ilorin, Kaduna and Lagos.

He said with Kano coming on stream in October, Nigeria would complete full migration before the end of 2022.

According to him, when the digitalisation process is completed in the country, millions of job opportunities, improved and quality TV content and channels will be available for poor and indigent citizens.

Muhammad Garba, Honourable Commissioner for Information, in Kano State emphasised the readiness of his state to join the digital migration train in Nigeria.

Garba also stated that the Kano State Government has invested heavily in infrastructure and facility as well as the human capacity to effect smooth transmission in the DSO era.

The Commissioner commended the NBC on the capacity building workshop, and assured that Information Officers and media influencers in Kano are now better informed about the digitisation programme of the government.

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