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Nigerian firm secures US$30m set top box contract

Nigerian firm secures USm set top box contract

RLG/Adulawo Technology Company has secured a US$30.5 million deal to produce terrestrial broadcast set top boxes on behalf of state-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)'s TV Enterprises.

Maxwell Loko, MD of NTA TV Enterprises, confirmed the contract in support of the country's digital switch-over, and said RLG/Adulawo Technology Company has the capacity to deliver.

Loko said the company can accommodate 600,000 set top boxes per month and it is expected to produce over a million units before the June 2017 deadline.

He described the partnership as a milestone to promote locally produced goods. "This is a technology in motion. This contract is a signal to the fact that Nigeria is also moving towards achieving an enhanced technology. This gesture would go a long way in encouraging other sectors to develop capacities that can make Nigeria to compete favourably with her counterparts in terms of advanced science and technology.

"It is also a sign to the fact that the country is not only advancing technologically or scientifically, but also has the capacity to promote locally made products, thus, generating wealth and creating jobs for her youths.

"Our partnership with the RLG/Adulawo is a clear manifestation towards the commitment of the state to promote science and technology."

Chairman of the ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives on Digital Switch-over, Hon. Sunday Marshar-Katun, said the Committee was set up to supervise the process of set top box procurement in order to meet the deadline.

The representative of the Director-General of National Broadcasting Commission, Eng Friday Ukwela, said of 13 companies that are licensed to produce the Set Top Boxes, RLG Adulawo Technology Company was one of the few to deliver.

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