The government of Nigeria revealed that they will ensure strict adherence to the plans to achieve 100% digital television penetration by 2016. The announcement was made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.
According to him, Nigeria will be the biggest nation in Africa with digital stations in 2020 and they will use digital switch to diversify the provision of channels and local content for the benefit of all Nigerians.
“Sub-Sahara Africa will have 46.46 million primary digital television homes by 2020. With adherence to 100% digital broadcast by 2016, Nigeria will be the largest nation in Africa with digital station in 2020,” he added.
According to a new report from Dataxis – Pay-TV/ FTA Broadcasting in Nigeria – approximately 74% of all TV households will be using digital receivers (STB or TV) to receive television signals by end-2017, equivalent to 15.3 million units. However, Dataxis estimates 2.08 million households will already be using the GOtv FTA service leaving 13.21 million households in need of a digital upgrade.
On the pay-TV side, Dataxis also believes that DTT will become the single largest pay platform by end-2018 when it overtakes satellite. Dataxis estimates DTT will account for 46% of total pay-TV subscriptions end-2018, up from 36% at the end of last year, with DTH falling from 55% to 45%.
To recall, Nigeria’s failure to meet the June 17, 2015, digital switchover deadline was due to late planning and absence of budget for infrastructure and Set-Top Boxes, according to Emeka Mba, Director General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBA) of Nigeria. National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria is reportedly backing the migration via sale of broadcasting spectrum bands.