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Digital Migration: MCI signs N220b contract with KAON for Set-top boxes


The quest for Nigeria’s digital migration by 2017 received a boost recently with the signing of about $1 billion (N220 billion) contract agreement between Media Concept International and KAON, a South Korean set-top box manufacturers, ITRealms reports.

A set-top box (STB) or set-top unit (STU) is an information appliance device that generally contains a TV-tuner input and displays output to a television set and an external source of signal, turning the source signal into content in a form that can then be displayed on the television screen or other display device. It is also a device that enables a television set to become a user interface to the Internet and also enables a television set to receive and decode digital television (DTV) broadcasts. DTV set-top boxes are sometimes called receivers. It is necessary to television viewers who wish to use their current analogue television sets to receive digital broadcasts.

Speaking, Tuesday, on the occasion for the formal signing of the partnership agreement, the Chief Executive Officer, Agbeyo Babatunde, said that beyond the signing of the agreement, the event was also a celebration of resilient effort by the National Broadcasting Commission to achieve digital migration in Nigeria. He stated that MCI was unambiguous in the search for the best set-top box manufacturer to carry out the project and KAON is among the best three in the world.

The MCI boss said the commencement of full manufacturing operations will be by end of December, 2016, adding that the project is massive as it involves change from one technology to another. He added that the media is indispensible in the life of the people and that is why the project is worth celebrating.

He said one of the cardinal points of the agreement is that the manufacturer must come down to Nigeria to set up the factory for the production of the boxes. This he said was to forestall capital flight and create about 1000 jobs for Nigerians, ITRealms learnt.

The KAON Media/Sales Director,Young Kang, said his company is one of the best in Set Top Box manufacturing even as he stated that they are also in Korea, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and now in Nigeria  

Kang said that the boxes which have minimum life span of five years even under the harshest condition, will be given to Nigerians with one year warranty. He also said that Nigerians will be trained on how to assemble the boxes right here in Nigeria, adding that beyond set top boxes the partnership will produce phones, multi-screens and other mobile devices, ITRealms reports.

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