Nigeria Communications Satellite (NigComSat) has resolved to partner with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) to fast track the long anticipated Digital Switch Over (DSO) in 2017.
Stephen Kwande, the Head, Media Relations Unit of NigComSat, said in Abuja on Thursday that partnership arrangement was unfolded when the Managing Director of NigComSat Ltd., Abimbola Alale, visited NTA
During the visit, both organisations met to discuss the modalities on how the indigenous communication satellite could solve the problem of capital flight in this era of recession.
They also discussed how to maximise the benefits of the communication infrastructure in the country before the DSO, which is just around the corner and to explore ways of collaboration between the two agencies toward the project.
She assured operators that were averse to NigComSat1 services of efficient service delivery because it operated a lone satellite.
The managing director said that NigComSat-2 and 3 were in the pipeline and the company was in collaboration with other operators to ensure service continuity throughout the lifespan of the satellite.
She said that the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), Mr John Momoh, was in NigComSat premises recently and was impressed with the facilities on ground.
Mallam Yakubu Mohammed, the Director-General, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), said that the need for the two agencies to collaborate to serve Nigeria could not be over-emphasised.
He welcome the collaboration and said “it is time to think out of the box to find ways of survival.“
“Though NTA has been operating on foreign satellite, it does not prevent it from patronising and working with indigenous operators.
“In spite of the lone satellite, NTA will work to ensure the collaboration work.
“The NTA engineering team will visit the NigComSat ground control station along Airport road, Abuja to access the facilities to kick-start the process,’’ he said.