Integrated Television Service (ITS) and the NTA Startimes Ltd have signed an MOU on Signal Transmission for the Digital Switch Over (DSO).
Speaking at the signing ceremony, the National Broadcasting Commission’s Director General (NBC), Mallam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, said, “Today is historical as we set to lay the foundation of simultaneous delivery of Nigeria to a life-changing experience of digital broadcasting with the potency of boosting our economy.”
Ilelah stated that the DSO project holds many promises for the broadcasting industry and its key stakeholders, particularly creative minds in content production and distribution.
While indicating the great opportunities the DSO project will offer the Nigerian youth, NBC Directors added that with the signing of the MOU, it is the Integrated Television Services (ITS) responsibility to carry NTA-Star TV Pay TV content on its digital DTT platform.
Ilelah emphasised that it is also the responsibility of NTA- Star TV to provide its DTT Transmitters for the carriage of free TV channels for nationwide coverage.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, praised the effort of the NBC and other key stakeholders in the DSO project and noted that the signing of the MOU is a game changer in ensuring the completion of the Digital Switchover Project in Nigeria.
Mohammed stated that the MOU, which is in line with the Government white paper on the transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting in Nigeria, lays the foundation for a working relationship between the two entities to effectively drive the rollout of the DSO in the country.
Speaking on behalf of NTA- Startimes Ltd, Mr Brolaleyn Linying promised that Startimes will ensure that all efforts are in place to successfully deliver the DSO Project.