TECHNOLOGY & CONVERGENCE

Nigeria: 2012 Digitisation - Country to Meet Deadline - NBC

Nigeria has the capacity to meet the 2012 deadline for the switchover from analog to digital television , the Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Engineer Yomi Bolarinwa, said 17 June 2008 in Abuja.

He spoke at a sensitisation luncheon held by the commission for media editors on the issue of the digitization of the broadcast media following the presidential approval for the 2012 date. Engineer Bolarinwa emphasised that contrary to impressions in some quarters, the country "is ahead of most African countries in the march towards the 2012 switchover date , as well as in the state of the industry."

The International Telecommunication Union(ITU) has set a deadline for the full transition to digital broadcast for 2015,and Nigeria is a signatory to this agreement ,fixing its switchover date at December 31st 2012.Technology has grown rapidly since the analog system was introduced,and the current analog system cannot support future development. According to the NBC boss, there are 24 million televisions in households in Nigeria. According to him, discussions about the switchover date from the 50 year old analog modebegan in Nigeria in 2004.

Daily Trust,Abuja

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