Nigeria’s Government To Fund Digital Switch Over Process With USD83 Million – NBC
5 June 2019
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently announced that the Federal Government would be releasing N30 billion ($83 mil) for the process of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the country.
The Director-General of the NBC, Ishaq Kawu, told members of the media in Lagos that the funds would be released in two batches of N15 billion ($41,5 mil) each.
Kawu said that the amount would be repaid using money that would be made from the list of frequencies to be auctioned.
He said that the commission had wrapped up the digital mapping of the country, to ensure an effective DSO rollout.
Kawu said that for the past three months the NBC had been in discussions with a South Korean company concerning the procurement of Set Top Boxes (STB).
He said that the firm had agreed to produce one million STBs in Nigeria and that this would be a significant development for Nigeria in terms of being able to roll out in Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano, which are the three major economic and population centres in Nigeria.
The Director-General said that there had been an issue of trans-border signal across West Africa; therefore, the NBC was rolling out in a manner that would not affect other countries.
He added that Nigeria was far ahead of its neighbouring countries in the rollout of DSO.