In partnership with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), the Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Ltd has launched Direct-to-Home (DTH) services on Thursday in Abuja. Information on the launch was stated by Mr Adamu Idris, the Head, Public Affairs Department of NIGCOMSAT. DTH which refers to distribution of multi-channel television programmes in KU Band by using satellite system by providing TV signals direct to subscribers’ premises.
Idris stated that with the launch of DTH, NIGOOMSAT aired programmes of its first commercial customer, OVY Network, a Botswana-based startup DTH operator. Also, in partnering with CGWIC, they were able to complete a world-class head-end system composed mainly stream hardware and software which was obtained from the U.S, China and Singapore.
“After over six months of intensive testing, optimising and trial services, the system integrator will provide 24-hour, 7 days a week technical support. The NIGCOMSAT DTH system is capable of providing commercial broadcasting services to Nigeria and all countries within its coverage, from Senegal in the West to Namibia in the South,” said Idris.
He added, “the challenge may be mitigated with NIGCOMSAT DTH services, using NigComSat – 1R satellite, as programmes can be broadcast in urban and remote areas across the country.” However, it a technological evolution of broadcast television and improvement over analogue television which broadcasts land-based (terrestrial) signals.
On the other hand, the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu said, “we are ready and capable of providing quality services to both public and private sectors in Nigeria.”
According to him, NIGCOMSAT has been developed to serve the broadcast and communication needs of businesses.