Nigeria’s race to meet the 2017 digital broadcasting switchover target gets closer to reality as the industry regulator says the satellite uplink service for the pilot phase underway in Jos, the capital city of Plateau State, is now ready. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), which confirmed the readiness of the satellite link said it was deployed by Nigerian technology company, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG).
Acting Director-General of NBC, Ms. Alheri Saidu, confirmed this following an inspection visit, weekend to the facilities at the CWG site of the satellite uplink system in Lagos. Accompanied by members of the Board of Management of the Commission the Director-General was shown round the uplink facilities in the premises of the Computer Warehouse Group, CWG, the NBC says in a statement following the visit recently.
Addressing the delegation, Mr. Austin Okere, the Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of CWG Plc thanked the Ag. DG for the visit. According to Okere, who says that the technology company considers itself a partner in the Jos DSO pilot run of Nigeria’s DSO, “coming to CWG on a Saturday, and on time, showed that the NBC was a serious organisation that was keen on the Digital Switch Over.” He also said CWG was working in partnership with the satellite company, SES, and they were fully kitted to provide the uplink of the national and regional channels for the Jos pilot project.
Speaking on behalf of the SES, the General Manager Mr. Ibrahim Guimba- Saidou, stated that the SES was honoured to be a part of the journey towards the Digital Switch Over. He said that within the SES Management, the DSO project was of high priority and therefore assured the NBC that the technology company were fully ready and would put in their best to ensure its success.