As the 2015 date for nations to migrate from analogue to digital television broadcasting approaches, the Federal Government plans to have 20 million set-top boxes manufactured locally by 2015 through technology companies.
Mrs. Omobola Johnson in a speech setting out the roadmap the Ministry of Communications technology intends to implement, said the government is currently wooing foreign and local companies to invest in the digital TV set-top boxes production.
Noting that every single television in this country will have a set top box which will be used to receive digital signals that will be transmitted on television, she said that there will be opportunities to manufacture at least 20 million Set Top boxes when this process starts, adding that for Nigeria to grow, it needs to start manufacturing digital devices locally.
“I don’t believe that we should repeat the same mistakes we made in the past. We are partnering with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to encourage and incentivize companies, both those established inside and outside Nigeria to take advantage of the coming digital migration because there will be a need for industries that manufacture Set Top boxes.