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Residents To Enjoy 30 Free Channels As Abuja Goes Digital

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The federal government has announced that residence of the Federal Capital territory Abuja will enjoy 30 free channels with the launch of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in broadcasting in Abuja on Thursday.

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,  announced this in Abuja, yesterday, during the tour of key facilities  of Pinnacle Communication Limited, the signal distribution for the Abuja DSO.

He noted that over 450,000 Set-Top Boxes have been provided for the flag-off.

“We are impressed by the speed, commitment and passion of Pinnacle to  this project and we have come here to ensure that no stone is left unturned to ensure smooth Digital Switch Over in Abuja on Thursday,” he said.

“It’s a revolution in the broadcasting ecosystem as far as Nigeria is concerned because not only are we going to have better clarity and audio but the average resident of FCT who is in possession of our  Set-Top Box will have 30 free channels from news, entertainment,  music. This is going to open a new vista for content,” he said.

The minister expressed confidence that within three years of the digital transition, one million jobs will be created in the development of television content, technical services, software development, as well as the installation and repair of Set-Top Boxes  for over 24 million TV households, among others.

The minister said even though the Digital Switch Over will not take place in one fell swoop across the country, the federal government  remains resolute in its commitment to meeting the 2017 deadline for  the DSO.

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