The completion of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Nigeria is scheduled in June this year. However, Modibbo Kawu, the director general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has revealed that the 100% coverage of the country by the dealine, will not be guaranteed.
Since the beginning, many Nigerians were skeptical about meeting with the deadline but Kawu assured the inhabitants about the completion of the switch over. He recently said that even if they do not reach the deadline for the switch over, the process will remain ongoing in uncovered areas, with mechanism being put in place by the Commission.
Despite the several drawbacks such scarcity of forex in the economy and the vast geographical area of the country for the completion of the DSO, Kawu is all in to address them all so as to achieve the process.
“The exchange regime is affecting the DSO but at the moment, we are looking at possibility to address it and discussions are being held on that”, he said.
After the completion in Abuja, the project is meant to be spread in other regions like Kaduna State, Delta (South South), Osun (South West), Enugu (South East) and Kwara (North Central) and Gombe (North East), as well. With partners like Pinnacle Communications ltd and Integrated Television Service (ITS), which is the major signal distributor for the DSO in Nigeria, the commission is all in for the roll out in each state across the six geo-political zones at the same time.