The DG of NBC, Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu declared that Nigeria will need 32 million Set Top Boxes (STB) to complete the digital switch over process. The STB costs US$ 45 and the commission had made a commitment of eight million units which is about US$ 8 million. The price is too high for the population thus the government need to subsidies up to US$ 5 (N1.500) per STB.
“We are looking at 20 dollars per box so that it will be affordable. We are trying as much as possible to manufacture the boxes locally. Similarly, our Set-Top-Box manufacturers has committed resources to the importation of 850, 000 STBs from China. But because the EFCC had seized funds from the NBC under the ancient regime at the NBC, we cannot meet our commitment, which totaled the sum of 26 million dollars. Thankfully, President Muhammadu Buhari, who had always been convinced of the importance of Nigeria’s DSO process, finally approved release of the seized sum of N10 billion to the NBC. That took place in September 2016” declared the DG of NBC.
To reassure the telecommunication industry commented on the situation in Nigeria, Modibbo Kawu added: “It is also significant to let you know that we appointed a company known as The Outsource Company as the call centre managers for the switchover starting from Abuja. They commenced with appointing 30 call agents, but that was soon increased to 90. They worked three shifts every day to meet the demands of viewers who either want to activate their boxes or make complaints or inquiries. So far, a total of 745480 STBs have been imported into the country; 566,478 have been delivered, while 485409 have been sold and 332 095 were activated in Jos and Abuja.”