Nigeria: Kawu Asks Set-Top Box Manufactures To Deliver Or Face Withdrawal of License
The NBC found it worrisome that out of thirteen authorised STB manufacturers in Nigeria, seven are are yet to set up in-country production and operations facilities six years after licences were issued to them. This delay is considered as the factor that has slowed the Digital Switch Over (DSO), process.
Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, Director-general of the NBC said:
“With the way things are going, the Commission would no longer accept any act of idleness from the approved STB manufacturers".
Kawu added that questions are being asked since they began to have a continuous report that STBs are always in short supply or are unavailable, even in the locations where the DSO have been launched. He said the Commision is considering authorising more players to make up for the visible lack of capacity to meet the demand.
According to the NBC chief, "Two factors would qualify an STB manufacturer. First, is to get production capacities up to a reasonable level within a mutually agreed timeline and secondly, whoever is eventually authorised to produce boxes would do so, on the condition that they must set up production plants within Nigeria, in line with our national objectives of jobs creation and technology transfer.”
Kawu also revealed that the commission is under severe pressure to complete the DSO because it could not continue with the current dual illumination and simulcast due to its costly nature."