Digital Broadcasting: Six States To Switch Over Before End Of July
The 6 states, which were not identified, would be selected from the 6 geo-political zones.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed announced the planned migration on Monday in Abuja when he received the Niger Republic Minister of Communication, Koubra Abdoulaye.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abdoulaye was in Abuja to understudy Nigeria’s progress in DSO and solicit the assistance of the country in her country’s process of digitisation.
Nigeria has so far successfully rolled out DSO in Jos and Abuja, but the minister reiterated the government’s commitment to making the project a success.
“By the end of June and first week of July, we will be rolling out DSO in six different states in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
“We will continue the roll out until the whole country is digitised.
“Rest assured that this government has the political will to make the DSO a success story to the benefit of all Nigerians and to the ECOWAS Community in the areas of the application of the Digital Dividends.
“However, we will take our time to do it right,” he said.
The minister identified Set-Top Boxes (STBs), and Contents as challenges facing the DSO.
On the challenge of content of broadcast, the minister said digitisation would open window for many more channels of programming but there would not be enough local contents to feed the public.
“The easiest way to colonise the minds of our people is via the Mass Media.
“If we do not seriously address the issue of Compelling Indigenous Content, we will be exposing our population to further colonisation,” he added.