Stakeholders of the long awaited digital switch over (DSO) in Nigeria are putting finishing touches for the take-off in Kwara, bringing it to life. In March, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), had listed six states from different geo-political zones of the country for the DSO. The listed states are Kaduna in North-West, Kwara in North Central, Gombe in North East, Enugu in South East, Osun in South West and Delta in South.
The General Manager of Integrated Television Services (ITS), Mr. Rotimi Salami called for a review of the current business model arrangement in place by the NBC to allow more favourable operating and cost maximisation. Salami explained that the organisation had been ready since May 22, 2017, when they began to expect the NBC contractor to install the equipment on their platform. “We of the ITS have been ready since May 22, 2017, but the way the platform is designed by NBC is such that they provide the equipment, the conditional access program, the EPG. They have a contractor who does this and we have informed them since, to come and integrate those systems on our platform. So, we are ready, but the NBC needs to be ready too,” he said.
On the quality of the DSO, he said: “When fully operational, the ITS will have on its platform over 30 channels on its Free TV bouquet, thus delivering unbeatable state of the art quality television experience and pocket friendly plan to the people of Kwara State”.
The members of the National Assembly, after the inspection of the equipment and interaction with stakeholders, told journalists that the digitalisation of broadcast industry was a done deal.
Hon Chris Emeka Azubogu, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation,” we have seen the level of readiness and asked critical questions and they provided answers. “We are sure from what they have said that they are ready, we have seen that the equipment are there, they are well and ready to hit the ground running.”