The federal government has announced its readiness to roll out the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in broadcasting in all the six geo-political zones in the country in the next few weeks, as a practical demonstration of its commitment to the project.
The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this in Quincy, US, during a meeting with the executives of Gates Air, a market leader in transmission solutions for broadcast network operators.
The minister said the DSO, which was first launched in Jos in April 2016, is ready to be rolled out in six states across the country – Kaduna, Kwara, Delta, Enugu, Gombe and Osun – covering the six geo-political zones.
Alhaji Mohammed said the meeting with the US company, which is a key player in the DSO process, further confirms the government’s commitment to the project, which has also been launched in Abuja.
‘’The DSO is very important to this administration, because of the limitless potentials that it represents. For us as a government, DSO goes beyond just receiving digital transmission but an avenue to create jobs and ignite the huge creative potentials of our youths. It is also a solution to some of the intractable problems affecting the creative industry, including piracy and distribution,’’ he said.
The minister, who led a Nigerian team that includes the chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on DSO, Hon. Sunday Katung, and the director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), MalamIshaqKawuModibbo, inspected the facilities at the company’s sprawling factory, where several equipment meant for the DSO roll-out are currently being manufactured.