Nigeria will complete its Digital Switch Over (DSO) project by the middle of 2022, which will signal an end to analogue technology use in the country.
This was announced by Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, the acting Director-General at the National Broadcasting Commission’s (NBC) who said that the country is well on track to fully transit from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
“With the commitment of N9.4 billion by the Federal Government and the setting up of the Ministerial Task Force by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed there will be accelerated activities towards the delivery of the project,” said Idachaba.
Idachaba said that they first launched digital switch over pilot programmes in Jos and Plateau in 2016, followed by Abuja and subsequently Kwara, Kaduna, Enugu, and Osogbo in February 2018, with the focus now set for the big cities in the country.
He further stated that they are going to Lagos very soon and would have covered at least five more states before the third quarter of 2021.
Idachaba said they had done a retrospective analysis of what had been done over time and identified the gaps and expressed the confidence that they would have a faster and seamless rollout across states.