MTN launches Nigeria’s 1st Converged Digital TV


MTN Nigeria yesterday took a step into the era of telecommunications as it launched Nigeria’s first digital television broadcasting service, which kicked off in Jos, Plateau State Today.

This is coming after the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation issued  a digital broadcast licence to MTN for N34bn, in 2015.

An MTN Nigeria Executive, Lynda Saint-Nwafor, explained that with this service, Nigerians can now watch TV programmes on their smartphones and other devices via Over-the-Top platforms like WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook and Twitter, among others.

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Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman, further explained that subscribers will also have the freedom to watch their favourite programmes when they choose the Video-on-Demand service, rather than having to watch at a specific broadcast time. He said:

“This will be the first fully converged broadcast and OTT-VOD service to launch in MTN. Once we commence full commercial activities, the TV service will deliver an exciting bouquet of rich local and international content to Nigerians.

“Indeed, the launch of MTN TV is another bold demonstration of MTN’s abiding faith in the future of Nigeria, driving growth and development by enabling Nigerians to keep pace with the latest global trends and converged solutions.”

Adding that MTN was committed to providing Nigerians with innovative digital platforms, which will enhance the way we live, work and play.

“We are committed to exploring opportunities and avenues to expand our digital footprint and value offering to our customers. We are, therefore, constantly seeking appropriate channels to place the latest technologies and services in the hands of Nigerians, and this is one of such.”

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Meanwhile, MTN Group yesterday said it was making arrangements to pay the $3.9 billion fine slammed on it by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, over its failure to comply with a directive on SIM card registration, into government coffers.