Digital Switch Over will boost economy – FG


Federal government yesterday said the Digital Switch Over, DSO, would impact on local economy by acting as a catalyst for retailers and installers to emerge all over the country.
Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who stated this in Abuja during a press briefing on the pilot roll-out of the much-awaited transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Jos, stated that the transition would create massive employment and also ensure the transfer of technology.
Already, three signal distributors, according to him, have paid N600 million licensing fee to the federal government while the manufacturers of the Top Boxes have been directed to domicile their companies in Nigeria.
This is with a view to creating job opportunities for Nigerians and to bring down cost.
He also said that Nigerians in the entertainment industry would benefit more from the digitalisation process.
According to him, with the switch over from analogue to digital broadcasting, Nollywood will bring additional $250million revenue to the economy yearly.
“For musicians and movie producers, the DSO will be a blessing as they can now wrong-foot those who have been pirating their works by releasing such works directly to millions of homes using the Digital platform. Also, the capacity generated by the digital broadcasting technology allows for more players to be licensed for the provision of many more television services, compared to the analogue broadcasting technology.”
He added that the switch over to digital broadcasting in Jos had revolutionised television broadcasting in Nigeria.
“Television will never be the same in Nigeria again. For Television stations, this will mean a whole new experience, as they will no longer need to worry about signal transmission, thus paying more attention to content. For content providers, this is boom time, as the demand for content will skyrocket, thus allowing our youth to give vent to their creativity. For …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot