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Digital Broadcasting: TV set-top-boxes ‘ready for Nigeria launch’

Digital Broadcasting: TV set-top-boxes ‘ready for Nigeria launch’
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Alhaji Kabiru Shittu, CEO of SMK Engineering Limited based in Calabar has said the company is ready to launch TV set-top-boxes under the digital broadcasting migration underway in Nigeria.

Shittu hinted that SMK Engineering Limited, one of the companies producing TV Set-Top-Boxes under the digital broadcasting switchover in Nigeria is now set to produce about 2000 units daily.

Mallam Is’haq Modibo Kawu, the new Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)
Mallam Is’haq Modibo Kawu, Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC)

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“As we speak, our boxes are being used in Jos, Plateau State. For the Pilot phase, we provided 50,000 Boxes. It is a very welcome opportunity to serve the people, and Nigerians are very enthusiastic about our products. We are ready for the market. We will meet the demands,” the SMK Engineering Limited CEO told the NBC DG.[/quote]The SMK Engineering Limited CEO hinted this when Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, Director General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) visited the Factory in Calabar.

The DG’s visit is part of his engagement with Stakeholders in the Industry to see that Nigeria meets the deadline for the digital switch over (DSO), NBC said in a statement.

SMK Engineering Limited is one of the companies producing the set-top-boxes for the switchover following the mandate by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for Nigeria, along with other West African countries, to switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting on or before of June 17, 2017.

The company’s CEO said they are already set for the DSO and promised to meet the demands for the project in Nigeria.

“As we speak, our boxes are being used in Jos, Plateau State. For the Pilot phase, we provided 50,000 Boxes. It is a very welcome opportunity to serve the people, and Nigerians are very enthusiastic about our products. We are ready for the market. We will meet the demands,” the SMK Engineering Limited CEO told the NBC DG.

According to him, the factory has employed 200 staff in order to create employment opportunities for the country’s unemployed youths, while also serving the Nigerian market.

The Director General expressed his delight at what he saw on ground in Calabar, stating that the production of Set-Top-Boxes was central to the digital transition, according to the NBC statement.

Success Kafoi Journalist at Technology Times Media. Mobile: 08077671673 email: success.kafoi@technologytimes.ng

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