Thursday, September 17, 2015

Emeka Mba apologises for inability to meet ITU deadline

The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba has apologised for the inability of Nigeria to meet the ITU deadline, ITRealms reports.

Speaking at the 6th Annual NigeriaCom conference and Exhibition held in Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, from September 14-15, 2015, pointed out that the Commission took all the steps necessary within available resources in the attempt to ensure Nigeria was able to switch off analogue transmission.

The theme of this year’s event, ITRealms gathered, focused on the next phase of connecting businesses and lifestyles across the digital economy. Day one focused intently on operator strategies and the regulatory position in creating affordable access to grow the digital economy. Key insight was provided into growth of mobile commerce and mobile financial services.

Day two centred on data and winning the content battle ground through quality user-based platforms. Highlights of the presentations included an ‘Update on Nigeria’s digital switchover’ by DG, NBC.

“The major reason why Nigeria was not able to switch off was due to late planning, and absence of funding for infrastructure and Set-Top Boxes.” Mr. Mba noted that the successful implementation of the Digital Switchover required some creative thought leadership. He stressed that. The Commission was focused on creating a future that will bridge the digital divide especially in homes that see TV as a primary source of information.

The Director General, ITRealms learnt,  revealed that June 20, 2017, has been chosen as the new switchover date from analogue to digital terrestrial television transmission in the African sub-region. “Digital Switchover is a very expensive venture”, he stated. “However, following the availability of substantial part of the funds needed to execute the transition, machinery has been put on ground to advance the process”, he added. 

Other presentations included “Connecting the Unconnected –Connectivity that matters, The event also featured panel discussions, speed Networking sessions, Exhibitions and interactions.

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