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Digital switchover: NBC spends $26m on set-top boxes

Success Nwogu, Ilorin

The Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, Mr. Modibo Kawu, has said that the agency has spent $26m to procure 620,000 set-top boxes for homes as part of the digital switchover of the Nigerian Television Authority.

He stated that the commission was handling the switchover in phases across the country because of the huge financial outlay.

Kawu spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State on Monday after inspecting work on the digital switchover station of the NTA at Ganmo.

According to him, the NBC is trying to create opportunities for younger generations of Nigerian producers of local content to begin to have platforms for themselves.

He said there were multi-faceted dimensions to the opportunities that digital broadcasting would bring to Nigeria.

Kawu said, “We are going to have it in phases because digital switchover is a major challenge in terms of technology and logistics. The 620,000 boxes that we have procured for the first phase cost us $26m; that is a huge amount of money considering that we have about 35 million homes in Nigeria. Each box is about $45 multiply that by 35 million homes.”

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