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Nigeria As Latecomers: Digital Switchover Launched In Abuja Nigeria

Let's start by commending the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for this digital upgrade as it has been long overdue.

The launching which took place on Thursday was attended by Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja. And, Abuja residents have been promised 30 free stations.

This is line with the June 2017 deadline to move from the analogue to digital television. 

After several years of unsuccessful move by past administrations to switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has at last edged the country into the league of digital world.

Nigeria transited from analogue to digital television viewing on April 30, 2016 in Jos, the Plateau State capital, when it launched the pilot phase of the Federal Government’s digital transmission project that kick started the digitization process in Nigeria.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) had given Nigeria up to June, 2017 as deadline to switch from analogue broadcasting to digital across the country.

Digitization is the process of converting analogue signals or information from any format into digital forms that can be understood by computer systems or electronic devices.

The term is used when converting information like text, images or voices and sounds into binary codes. Digitized information is easier to store, access and transmit and digitization is used by a number of consumer electronic devices.

The switchover to Digital Terrestrial Television, DTT, was a necessity for Nigeria as a signatory to the International Broadcast Union Agreement tagged: “Geneva 2006” which mandated all countries to switchover to avoid signal interference from other countries.

Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

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