Digital Migration

Stakeholders Urge Nigeria’s FG To Prioritise Digital Switchover

Critical stakeholders in Nigeria have urged the federal government to take the necessary steps required to ensure the realisation of a full migration from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting despite many efforts by some to delay the process, according to the writer, John Adetunji.

Nigeria had initially shown interest in joining the rest of the world in transitioning from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting and had set a target for the digital switchover (DSO).
But despite that, the country has been unsuccessful in its transition bid. After many years since it began its journey towards DSO, Nigeria is yet to transit fully.

Experts have urged Nigeria’s government not to give up on its quest for digital switchover because of the countless benefits that the nation stands to gain from it.
They said that a successful switchover will make Nigeria the most enormous digital television market in Africa, and will also help improve the quality of film, drama productions, music and television channels.

In so-doing, DSO will better the lives of advertisers, content producers and most importantly, Nigeria’s TV customers.

Speaking at a conference in Ogun State, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo reiterated that Nigeria’s digital switchover process being led by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) would make Nigeria the most prominent digital TV market in Africa.

Stakeholders said that in order to sustain President Buhari’s resolve to go ahead on the DSO front, some measures need to be deployed to aid a quick completion by June 2021: The government should put together a DSO Implementation Presidential Task Force, or reassemble the Digi-team with a mandate to implement the Digital Switchover Program in accordance with the White Paper.

According to the stakeholders, the chosen team should be led by a knowledgable, seasoned stakeholder as administrator with no less than 10 additional members selected from the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Association of Licensed STB Manufactures of Nigeria (STBMAN), Association of Cable Satellite Operators of Nigeria (ACON), Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), The Governors Forum, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), APCON and NBC, and representatives from Ministry of Trade and Industry.

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