StarTimes, the Chinese firm offering direct-to-home pay TV services, brought its digital TV service to the locality of Hulumi, an underdeveloped rustic Nigerian community as part of its pilot project to provide satellite TV in five Nigerian villages. The project is the outcome of one of the resolutions of the 2015 summit of Forum On China-Africa Cooperation, in Johannesburg, South Africa, in which the Chinese government swore to provide satellite TV in 10,000 African villages.
Dimas Hakimi, top chief of Hulumi district, said that StarTimes had brought everlasting joy to the people. For years, the residents had only known analogue TV. They have been missing out on the opportunity to watch some of the exciting satellite TV channels.
StarTimes has been able to offer digital terrestrial television services to around 80 cities across the West African country in seven years.
With its simple-to-install decoders and its low tariffs, StarTimes, in partnership with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), has brought digital TV within the reach of many Nigerians since 2010. “StarTimes has been greatly accepted here. We have never had this kind of experience. Most families in Hulumi are now enjoying a digital life, and this is marvelous in our eyes,” said the Chief.
In Hulumi, the Chinese firm presented the community with sets of direct-to-home decoders for 20 households each, together with free installation of two sets of digital TV projector with solar panels.