Kindly Share This Story: By Torisheju Arayi Anybody interested in Nigeria's plan to transit from analogue to digital broadcasting knows that it has floundered rather than flourished since 2008 when the Federal Government set up a Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC) on transition from the analogue broadcast platform to the digital platform. This was sequel to the country, along with over 100 others, signing the 2006 International Telecommunications Union (ITU) agreement prescribing a transition from analogue to digital broadcasting for signatories by June 2015. In 2019, the PAC submitted its report, giving 17 June 2009 as the deadline for completion. Thus, began Nigeria's march, if it could be called that, to digital transition. The 2009 deadline went unmet, forcing a postponement. The recommendations of the PAC grew mould in some office cabinets. Three years later, the government woke up to inaugurate DigiTeam Nigeria which, on paper, was to drive the implementation of the DSO Whitepaper. In league with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the DigiTeam picked 17 June 2015 as the deadline. As digital transition is done on paper, the implementation stalled again, a state of affairs attributed to absence of political will as well as lack of funding necessary to… Read full this story
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