GatesAir and Pinnacle Communications support new over-the-Air DTV service in Nigeria

GatesAir, a global supplier of wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, along with Nigerian channel partner Pinnacle Communications Limited, announces the buildout and launch of a turnkey DVB-T2 transmission system serving the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.


The DVB-T2 system supports the switch-on of a new over-the-air DTV service now delivering 30 channels of high-quality news, information and entertainment to Abuja residents. GatesAir and Pinnacle Communications designed, delivered, integrated and commissioned the complete solution on behalf of Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) over a three-month period.


“The Abuja project began as a greenfield site in early September, and we worked closely with GatesAir and the National Broadcasting Commission through its inauguration on December 22,” said Dipo Onifade, Executive Director, Pinnacle Communications.


“This tight schedule was quite a challenge, and its success proves how well the two companies work together to deliver complete digital broadcasting solutions with exceptional quality,” he added.


“GatesAir accelerated delivery of the ULXT transmission system and DVB-T2 headend to support the launch of two program multiplexes, which was an enormous help to meeting this deadline. Viewers within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja ultimately benefit with 30 free-to-air channels,” said Lucky Omoluwa, Chairman, Pinnacle Communications.


Pinnacle Communications is working closely with the Nigerian regulator, NBC, to plan future expansions of the service. The next phase, targeted for completion in June 2017, according to the NBC, is expected to cover six states from each of Nigeria’s geo-political zones.


“As Nigeria’s DVB-T2 digital TV rollout progresses, we intend to work closely with Pinnacle Communications and all stakeholders in Nigeria to deliver the systems they require to their exacting specifications,” said Phil Argyris, GatesAir CEO.