MTN offers 30 free Digital TV channels, available to 200,000 TV viewers in Nigeria

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MTN Nigeria has launched its digital TV service in Jos, the Plateau state capital. Speaking at the event on Thursday, Jason Lobel, Group Head of MTN Group, South Africa said the platform was enabled on the digital set-up boxes being distributed by the NBC, to give additional 30 free channels the telecom giant will roll out to its subscribers within the next two years.

He said the bouquet launched by MTN will avail subscribers using the NBC set-up boxes, the opportunity to watch favourite channels on demand, explaining that the Video-On-Demand service affords customers TV programmes at their preferred time as they will no longer have to rely on what the channels have to offer at specific viewing time.The electronic programme guide in the set-top box is merged with a web browser, so users can access social networking sites, internet radio stations, video-on-demand providers and more on their TV.

“This is enabled by our super-fast LTE (digital technology) network,” said Lobel adding that “we have erected our transmitters in Jos, done in a record amount of time.”

This is coming two weeks after the federal government launched the digital broadcasting switchover in Plateau state.

The platform, which is called Over-The-Top (OTT) service, is enabled by a digital broadcast infrastructure including transmitters and masts mounted in Jos within the record time of the commencement of the digitized broadcast programme of the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).

Adekunle Adebiyi, the General Manager of Enterprise Business Unit of the MTN Nigeria, described the innovative digital service as “another free gift to Nigerians.” “At the end of today’s launch, we are giving Nigerians an opportunity to enhance the way we live, work and play...This is our final destination,” Adebiyi, who was accompanied by the Head, North Zonal MTN Enterprise Business Unit, Awal Abdullahi, said.

In her remark, Julie Austine of Inview Technology said the digital platform has added value to the ongoing digitisation broadcast programme of the federal government in the match to meet the June, 2017 deadline.

The MTN TV service was rolled out today in partnership with Inview Technology and Pinnacle Communications. While Inview Technology provides the free TV software, Pinnacle Communications provides actual broadcasting. The TV service is already available to the 200,000 TV viewers in Nigeria the federal government promises to provide with free set-up boxes.
Source: MTN Press Release