NBC procures 650,000 digital switch over boxes

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The National Broadcasting Commission has procured six hundred and fifty thousand set up boxes for twenty six million dollars to promote the switchover of analogue to digital transmission.

The Director General of the Commission, Mr Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, stated this on Monday after inspecting some of the equipment installed for the digital switchover.

Mr Kawu said that the set up boxes was subsidized at the initial stage by the government and is being sold for one thousand five hundred naira.

The NBC DG, who noted that each set up boxes costs forty five dollars, said the switchover was a huge and expensive process.

According to him, the Commission had carried out the pilot test of the digital switchover from analogue to digital in Jos and the Federal Capital Territory where about thirty channels were transmitted.

He added that six states of each political zone had been selected, pointing out that Kwara was picked in the North Central, Osun in the South West, Kaduna for the North West, Gombe for North East, Enugu for South East and Delta in the South South.

The NBC DG explained that televisions would be transmitted for twenty fours, pointing out that seventy percent of the programme contents would be local, stressing the need for Nigerians to wake up to provide local contents.

VON Correspondent reports that the Director General of the NBC and his digital team also inspected the Integrated Television Services Limited and the National Broadcasting Signal Distribution Network Digital Terrestrial Television at the NTA Ilorin together with the Rohde and Schwarz transmitter for the switch-over process.