Major signal distributor in the implementation of the Digital Switch Over(DSO) from analogue television broadcasts in Nigeria, Pinnacle Broadcasts, has expressed confidence that the transition to the digital era is very near.
Chairman Pinnacle Broadcasts, Sir Lucky Omoluwa in a statement expressed optimism on the smooth and successful implementation of the project by the federal government.
Omoluwa in the statement said, Pinnacle is being encouraged by the drive of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to achieve digital broadcasting in Nigeria which, as the most popular country, will beam the light to the entire continent.
While urging all stakeholders in the broadcast industry to embrace this reality, Omoluwa said content owners are the kings of the digital era who should maximize the unprecedented multiplicity of channels and high quality signals offered by the DSO.
He however described the success of the 12th Biennial Conference of Africa Broadcasters recently held in Abuja as a success for Nigeria’s march into the digital era in broadcasting, emphasizing that the social, political and economic arena in the country will never be the same again with the attendant growth, employment and prosperity.
He further noted that without any doubt, broadcasting in the digital era would achieve its purpose.
Pinnacle Broadcasts powered the national launch of the DSO in Nigeria in December 2016 from its state-of-the-art digital signal distribution complex in Abuja. It established the Kaduna Broadcast Centre commissioned last year and is at advanced stage in the Gombe Centre.
Pinnacle Communications Ltd is one company that has given a superlative account of itself as regards transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Nigeria. The company which commenced business in 1998 has consistently installed television and FM radio systems across the country.
The company is also reputed for installing quality, classy and durable broadcast equipment.
It is on account of the foregoing that different stakeholders poured encomiums on Pinnacle Communications at the just concluded 12th Afro-Centric Biennial Conference and Exhibition of African Broadcasters organized by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) penultimate Tuesday.
Prominent among those who eulogized the attributes of Pinnacle at the conference which had as its theme, “The Dynamics of Broadcasting in the Digital Era” was the Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Yakubu Ibn Mohammed who did not mince words in showering praises on Pinnacle while delivering his speech, he said that the NTA was proud to be associated with the initiatives right from inception till date.
He stressed that they would continue to support the NBC and other stakeholders in this venture because among other things, it reinforces Nigeria’s position as a giant of Africa. He added that no one gave Pinnacle a chance in the digitalization process but the firm has proven critics wrong as regards installing sophisticated equipment.
In the same vein, One of the exhibitors, Ralf Schimnel said as regards digitalization Nigeria is on the right part “ It is a long road, it is not an easy one, it requires a lot of investment to make these changes I don’t know how long it will take.
Also, the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Is’haq Modibbo Kawu, said the quality of the show would be sustained.
“For this market we will continue to grow because more and more people are coming into broadcasting, a few weeks ago, the president of Nigeria approved a lot of Radio and television licenses, so all these people will set up radio and television stations and employ new people,” Kawu said.
Stakeholders in the industry had who visited the Pinnacle Broadcast Centre, located at Mpape, also commended the firm for installing modern and world-class broadcast equipment.