Under the #IndustryLeadersSpeak series, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) recently spoke with Engr. Edward Amana, the Chairman of DigiTeam Nigeria.
We discussed Nigeria’s progress towards achieving its digital-switch-over (DSO) plans during the conversation.
According to Engr Amana, the DigiTeam’s mandate has been to ensure that compelling local television content is available, especially for the underserved communities in Nigeria who cannot afford pay-TV services.
The Chairman then indicated that during the piloting of set-top boxes in Nigeria, the government had subsidised more than 300 000 set-top boxes to ensure the universality of access to digital TV. However, this initiative was cut short due to a lack of funding.
The Nigerian DigiTeam Chairman then remarked that to ensure the universality of the digital transition, it had appealed to the Local Governments across Nigeria to assist in ensuring that broadcasting stations are digitally compliant.
Finally, the Nigerian DigiTeam chairman has urged the nation’s government to consider further subsidising digital set-top boxes to ensure universal access to digital tv, especially for the poor.
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