Nigeria’s DTT plans: FG Commissions NTA Pay TV

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From Abuja, “Leadership” journalist Betrand Nwankwo reported on 30 July 2010 that
President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the StarTimes pay television of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Represented by the Vice President Namadi Sambo, the President said the project marked the transition from analog to digital transmission in Nigeria. He noted the crucial role the pay television would play in repositioning the image of Nigeria at home and abroad, especially at this time that Nigeria was embarking on a rebranding programme, and called on Nigerians to support the initiative.

The president said the new television project was in a better position to showcase Nigeria's rich cultures and image abroad. He commended the NTA and its Chinese partners for making the Pay TV channels affordable, since, according to him, the monthly charge by the private pay channels in the country could be used to pay for 10 families in the new pay TV.

Leadership gathered that the television would operate over 38 channels with an archival system to store and retrieve information for up to 1,000 years. NTA, it was learnt, had gone digital ahead of the 2015 deadline set for African countries to migrate from analog to digital transmission by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). At the moment, the services of the station can only be received in Abuja, Kano and Lagos, with plans to extend it to more cities in Nigeria.