NBC in Nigeria commissioned 650 000 STBs

Mallam Isha’q Modibbo Kawu, the Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) revealed that the commission has acquired 650 000 set-top boxes worth $26 million for the pilot phase of the digital switch-over process in Nigeria. Kawu declared that the STBs will be available to Nigerians at the subsidized rate of US$ 4.77 to help the country to switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television.

The DG of the NBC further added that apart from the pilot take-off of the switch-over process in Jos, Plateau State, the NBC has already extended the process to six other states in the six geo-political zones of the country, namely Kwara in the North Central, Osun in the South-west, Gombe in the North-east, Kaduna in the North-west, Enugu in the South-east and Delta in the South-south.

Explaining the benefits of the DSO process in Nigeria, Kawu said that the Nigerians will have access to 70% local television contents and to many more television stations compared to only four to five television stations.