Acting director general, Nigerian Authority, (NTA), Musa Mayaki, said the poor television signals being experienced by NTA viewers in different parts of the country are as a result of inadequate frequencies to render effective services in the industry.
Speaking in an interview to mark NTA-Startimes third year anniversary in Abuja, Mayaki lamented that the situation has become so bad that NTA now resorts to overloading the available frequencies. “The major challenge we face today is inadequate frequencies for effective television transmission. What we have presently is that there is not enough frequency. The situation is so bad that we now overload the available frequencies by attaching one frequency spectrum to about 22 to 25 channels. And because we are using more than the capacity, reception is often poor,” he said.
The acting director general disclosed that full television digitalisation in the country would end by June 15, 2015, adding that already 32 states of the federation have been digitalised, while only seven states, including Abuja are yet to be fully digitalised.
Earlier, director, NTA-Star Television Network limited, Maxwell Loko, had explained that in the past three years, NTA-Startimes partnership in Nigeria has succeeded in demystified television operations in the country. “We have succeeded in proving to Nigerians that paid television is not an exclusive right of the elites and the high in the Nigerian society. We have equally succeeded in bringing over 70 channels to the door steps of Nigerians at an affordable rate. We have also brought mobile television to the door steps of Nigeria through mobile phones system,