Nigeria and most of the African countries failed to meet the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) DSO deadline of June 17, Emeka Mba, the commission’s Director General said in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

digitalThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had set a new date of June 20, 2017, he said, noting that the ITU deadline was not met due to lack of fund and myriads of challenges before the NBC.

The challenges according to him are aggregate content development, distribution and production and availability of Set Top Boxes (STBs).

He said the commission recently licensed MTN Nigeria to operate on spectrum frequency in the 700MHz bands.
“We are working hard to meet this deadline. The licensing will afford Nigerians the best option for the provision of high quality converged broadcasting and telecommunications services,” he added.

He added that the commission had already licensed 13 companies that would manufacture the STBs locally.
The NBC boss said switching over to digital was a win-win for the consumers, television industry and the government. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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