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Nigeria: Digital Broadcast – We’ll Meet June 2017 Target – Pinnacle Communications

Pinnacle Communications Limited in conjunction with its partners has assured of its readiness to meet the June 2017 deadline of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Nigeria as demanded by the Federal Government.

The chairman/CEO, Pinnacle Communications, Sir Lucky Omoluwa while briefing journalists in Abuja over the weekend in company of his partners, Alex Perchevitch, President, JAMPRO Antenas Inc. California, Phil Argyris and Olivier Femenias, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sales, Africa & South Europe of GatesAir America respectively, said the companies are passionate about the DSO which he claimed will bring digital broadcasting revolution to Nigeria.

Omoluwa however pleaded with Nigerians to bear with them to deliver the project in June 2017. "The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed is interested in making sure that we succeed in our operation and we'll make sure that we deliver our project on the said date," he said.

Perchevitch, JAMPRO President said his company has the global experience in digital switch over in Africa which started in the 1960s. JAMPRO he said has a great tradition of providing state-of-the-art equipment that will meet the expectations and yearnings of the parties involved.

"We have unrivalled experience and knowledge which we are going to bring to bear to deliver the best to Nigerians. The DSO will provide Nigerians the opportunities of more contents in addition to viewing more channels with high density quality picture," Perchevitch stated.

Argyris in his submission said GatesAir has the capacity to bring the DSO successfully to Nigeria with their state-0f-the-art facilities and technical expertise through the research and development department of the America-based company. According to him, GatesAir has been in Africa in the last seven years and has successfully carried out digital switch over in countries such as Rwanda, Togo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Uganda and recently in Seychelles.

"Our work in Africa dated back to over seven years ago and we pride ourselves as being of the best in the world when it comes to digital

broadcasting and our products and services speak for us in the broadcast industry. We look forward to a successful digital broadcasting in Nigeria which definitely will redefine the broadcast media in the country," he said.

Femenias assured that the transmitters for the project installed are digital ready while appreciating the cooperation of the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed for his understanding so far.

The digital switch over when completed is expected to provide more job opportunities for those with broadcast background. Cameramen, technicians, engineers and other professionals are to be trained in new trends in transmission and broadcasting field.

Source: Leadership