Firm laments slow pace of digital switchover

Cable Channels Nigeria Limited, a content aggregation company, has decried the slow pace of the digital switchover in the country.

The company noted that many African countries might soon overtake Nigeria in the race to digital terrestrial broadcasting.

It stressed that the rest of the world could leave the country behind if nothing was done to boost the pace of the digital switchover.

The CCNL Chairman, Mr. Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi, stressed that only Jos, Plateau State and the Federal Capital Territory had been covered under the digital switchover in the country.

He also complained that the CCNL had not received any seed money from the government since its appointment as the official content aggregator for the digital switchover by the National Broadcasting Commission.

Osisanya-Afolabi explained that his firm had invested heavily in the ecosystem, apart from providing strategic consultation services and full end-to-end management services to the NBC for the rollout of the DSO across the country.

According to him, the CCNL, which owns the free television channel, also produces and distributes detailed training packs that provide the channel with all the information necessary to sell ‘Free TV’ products and support the DSO.

In addition, the CCNL, he noted, was contracted by the government to distribute the set top boxes, adding that the company had so far distributed about 650,000 boxes to Nigerians.

The chairman said while other stakeholders were given seed money to commence operations, his firm was not funded by the government, adding that he had been using shareholders’ funds to run the firm.

According to him, “The CCNL is the only stakeholder in the comity of the DSO operators and chain that has not been funded till date; we rather paid licence fee and generate funding for our operations from our shareholders’ fund.



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