Digitalisation the way for Nigeria


DIGITALISATION is the way to go for Nigeria if the country’s broadcasting concerns and challenges are to be resolved.
Broadcasting electronics expert and RF Systems vice president, Tim Bealor, said Africa’s most populous nation – Nigeria – should, as matter of urgency, consider the digitalisation of all its broadcasting systems before 2012, to enable smooth transmission of signals instead of solely depending on satellite transmissions.

“The primary thing about digitalisation is to improve transmission signals, which allows more channel frequencies and this enables listening to the radio through the internet,” said Bealor.

With the World Cup 2010 coming to South Africa, most African nations are bracing for this historic showcase through upping and intensification of digitalisation in order to meet both local and international demands in science and technologies.

Daniel Ijike, a communications expert, said the route Nigeria was taking was “ambitious” and “timeous” in uplifting people’s lives.

“If countries such as the United States, Britain and the likes of Canada have given themselves deadlines of 2009, then why not a third country failing to be motivated and effecting own technological advancement?

“This is now or never for Africa. When watching television channels or listening to a radio station, the sound should be clear, including video footages to prove that technology is with us,” said Ijike.

“If the 2012 deadline could not be reached or attained, then our country has another option in implementing expansion programmes of digitalisation. In this scenario, I believe analogue service should be maintained, that is having UHF and VHF signals removed off the air,” said Ijike.

Okoro Chinedu