Nigeria to earn N320bn from digital broadcasting

The Chairman, Fatora Consult Limited, Mr. Edward Amana, has said the country can earn $2bn (N320bn) revenue from digital broadcasting if properly managed.

 He said this in Abuja as a guest lecturer at the third anniversary of the Nigerian Television Authority/Startimes TV Joint Venture.

Under the auspices of the International Telecommunications Union, the broadcasting world has set June 17, 2015 as the final date for all analogue terrestrial television transmitters to be switched off and replaced by digital transmitters.

In line with this, the Federal Government has set January 1, 2015 as the country’s date to migrate to digital broadcasting.

Amana, who is a former Director of Engineering at the NTA, said the revenue would be possible from the frequency sale in the spectrum that would be freed up in the digital broadcasting space.

He said “The digital dividend, the spectrum gain after the transition, can be used for mobile broadband.

“This will enable broadband penetration into the rural areas, with its attendant benefits. Properly managed, the sale of this leftover spectrum by auction should yield over $2bn.”

He said through the commencement of digital broadcasting, more jobs would be created for Nigerians.

The Acting Director-General, NTA, Musa Maiyaki, said the full digitalisation of its services would be achieved by June 2014, ahead of the international requirement for 2015.

Mayaki, said so far, the NTA had digitalised in 32 states of the federation.

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