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13 Companies Given Licences To Manufacture Set-Top-Boxes Locally, Says NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has given licences to 13 companies to produce Set-Top-Box (STB) locally.
This is contained in a statement signed and released to newsmen on Monday by Mr Awwalu Salihu, the Director, Public Affairs of the commission.
The statement said that this was the correct figure as against 18 companies it announced early in the year.
”Our attention has been drawn to an error in the number of licensed Set-Top-Box manufacturers as contained in the New Year 2016 Message from the Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission, Mr Emeka Mba.
”We want to state clearly that only 13 Set-Top-Box manufacturers have been licensed to produce locally in Nigeria and not 18, as mistakenly published in the New Year message.
”The mix-up is highly regretted and we apologise for any inconvenience the error might have caused,” it said.
NAN reports that the New Year message said that the pilot state, Plateau, now had full digital signal coverage for the Digital Switch-Over (DSO).
It, however, said that majority of those who received free-to-air television were not on digital switch-over yet; neither with digital television sets, nor subscribing to pay platforms.
”They will need set-top boxes to enable them enjoy the digital experience.
“We have, therefore, put in place a strategy for securing set-top-boxes, which will enable everyone join the digital platform.
”Our set-top-box strategy is to manufacture it here in Nigeria.
“In that regard, we are already working with 13 indigenous companies, which are at various stages of starting local production of set-top boxes.
”This will not only provide the needed equipment, but will also provide badly needed jobs for Nigerians.
”However the first batch will be manufactured offshore in order not to further delay the transition,” it added. (NAN)

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