December 15, 2017

DSO: NIGCOMSAT commences Direct-To-Home services

DSO: NIGCOMSAT commences Direct-To-Home services

By Emmanuel Elebeke

ABUJA—AT last, the Nigeria premier communications satellite solution provider, Nigerian Communication Satellite, NIGCOMSAT Limited has formally launched its Direct-to-Home, DTH, services with the airing of programmes of its first commercial customer OVY Network, a Botswana-based startup DTH operator.

The service was launched yesterday in Abuja in partnership with the China Great Wall Industry Corporation, CGWIC.

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Officer, OVY Networks, Mr. George Kavameje said it was exciting to partner NIGCOMSAT and the CGWIC to reach people in Sub-Saharan Africa with premium content using the NigComSat-1R satellite.

NIGCOMSAT, in partnership with the satellite manufacturer, CGWIC, has completed a world-class head-end system composed of main stream hardware and software obtained from the United States of America, USA, Singapore and China respectively.

The launch came six months after intensive testing, optimizing and trial services as the system integrator will provide 24-hour, seven days a week technical support.

According to the agency, the NIGCOMSAT DTH system is fully capable of providing commercial broadcasting services to Nigeria and all countries within its coverage, from Senegal in the West to Namibia in the South.

It is expected that the NIGCOMSAT DTH system will offer a new solution for the Digital Switch Over Programme for the nation using the DTT platform.

The deadline for the digital switch over using terrestrial measure appear difficult to meet judging from the time and resources that may be required to build the ground facility and the huge maintenance cost.

But NIGCOMSAT says this challenge may be addressed with the NIGCOMSAT DTH services using the NigComSat-1R satellite. Programmes can be broadcast in urban and remote areas across the country.

Speaking on the launch, the Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu urged the Ministry of Information and Culture and other related Ministries, Departments and Agencies to consider the indigenous capacity that NIGCOMSAT has developed in line with the Executive Order for Local Content, to serve the broadcast and communication needs of their businesses.

“We are ready and capable of providing quality services to both the public and private sectors in Nigeria,” he said.