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Nigeria could earn $2 billion on digital broadcasting

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Staff writer ▼ | August 27, 2013
Nigeria TVNigeria could earn $2 billion when it migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. However, the federal government is moving too slowly.

That was the message from the chairman of Fatora Consult, Edward Amana, whose company is part of the country's digitalisation team. The sum was stated in Abuja at the third anniversary of NTA/Startimes TV joint venture in Nigeria.

The world of broadcasting, under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had set June 17, 2015, as the final date for all Analogue Terrestrial Television Transmitters to be switched off and be replaced by digital transmitters. However, the federal government had set January 1, 2015, as its own date to migrate to digital broadcasting.

The acting Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Musa Maiyaki said the authority expects to fully digitalise its services by June 2014 ahead of the international requirement for 2015. He added that the NTA had digitalised in 32 states of the federation and that one frequency for more than 20 channels is too much for the capacity which results in freezing of transmission.

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