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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Digital Switch-Over lands in coal city

The Federal Government has launched the Digital Switch-Over in the Enugu, the coal city capital of Enugu State, reports ITRealms.

The Enugu launch, ITRealms gathered, mark the third state the launch took place within the last two months.

According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Enugu follows the recent rollout in Kwara and Kaduna.

He also said that there is no better evidence of our commitment to rapidly spread the massive benefits of digital television to the people of Nigeria, Mohammed commended and congratulated all the stakeholders who are working round the clock to ensure the success of the transition from analogue to digital television across the country.

“The National Broadcasting Commission, the Digiteam, Signal Distributors, Content Aggregators, Set Top Box Manufacturers, Channel Owners and all others,” he said.

Further, he said the nation’s DSO is now at the cruise level of the journey started in Jos, Plateau State, in April 2016, as the DSO train has now transversed Abuja, Ilorin, Kaduna, to arrive Enugu, which is the latest stop.

“From here, the DSO train will proceed to Osun State, as we continue our rapid rollout of digital television across the country,” he said.

Mohammed, noted the need to support DSO sustainability for Signal Distributors, Channel owners, TV content producers and Advertisers.

“This is the issue of Audience Measurement. I have said it before and I will like to repeat it here: Without it, we will not see the growth in our television and the value creation in the creative industry that the economy and people of Nigeria so need. The current Diary Audience Measurement system is no longer ideal for the critical transitional phase before full DTT Migration,” he said.

The Enugu State governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi later launched the DSO with a cutting a tape.


Ozo Nweke Ozo in Enugu/ GEE

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