Nigerian Communication Satellite (NigComSat) Limited in partnership with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) recently launched Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in Abuja.
DTH refers to distribution of multi-channel television programs in KU Band by using satellite system by providing TV signals direct to subscribers’ premises.
Mr Adamu Idris, head, Public Affairs Department of NigComSat, stated that with the launch of DTH, NigComSat aired programes of its first commercial customer, OVY Network, a Botswana-based startup DTH operator.
He noted that NigComSat, in partnership with the satellite manufacturer, CGWIC, completed a world-class head-end system composed of main stream hardware and software obtained from the U.S., Singapore and China.
He added that:“after over six months of intensive testing, optimising and trial services, the system integrator will provide 24-hour, 7 days a week technical support.
“The NigComSat DTH system is capable of providing commercial broadcasting services to Nigeria and all countries within its coverage, from Senegal in the West to Namibia in the South.”
The public affairs head stated that the NigComSat DTH system may offer new solution for the Digital Switch Over Programmes in Nigeria, using the DTT platform.
It is a technological evolution of broadcast television and advancement over analogue television which broadcasts land-based (terrestrial) signals.
The deadline for digital switch over using terrestrial measure appeared difficult to meet, judging by the time and resources required to build ground facilities and the huge maintenance cost, Idris noted.
He, however, added that “the challenge may be mitigated with NigComSat DTH services, using NigComSat-1R satellite, as programes can be broadcast in urban and remote areas across the country.”