Nigeria: Regulator Says Digital Switch-Over To Be Completed By 2022
The acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shared a progressive update and given his assurances about Nigeria's Digital Switch Over (DSO) plans which, according to the NBC, will now be completed by 2022.
Prof. Armstrong Idachaba made a statement during an interview in Abuja on Sunday, sharing the Federal Government's commitment of over US$24-million in ensuring the seamless delivery of the DSO project. The Professor asserted the readiness of signal distributors to set up infrastructure in Lagos, one of the 31 states that will roll out the DSO drive.
A Ministerial Task Force by the Minister of Information Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been put in place to ensure that all activities are accelerated to reach the 2022 deadline. Previously, all plans' execution had been delayed attributable to bottlenecks that are not unique to Nigeria.
In a statement, Idachaba references first-world countries such as the UK and USA to have revised roll-out dates numerous times before eventually transitioning. The delays were owing to implication considerations such as accessibility and affordability in the social space, political, cultural and financial constraints. In Nigeria, the major hindrance has been due to economic conditions, as well as political will.
In 2006, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reported an increasing need for the use of spectrum, a scarce resource in telecommunication. Researchers gave broadcasters advice to shift to digital from the ancient analogue transmission.
The modification's positive aspects would mean an increase in frequencies, simultaneously, improve viewing quality for consumers whilst cutting down broadcasting costs.