The Federal Government inaugurated in October, 2008, a Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC) on this Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria to prepare an implementation framework to meet the ITU deadline. The PAC recommendations include:
* Splitting of broadcast services into Broadcast Content Provision and Broadcasting Signal Distribution.
* Restructuring of the licensing framework in the broadcasting sector
* Backbone of the Broadcasting Signal Distributor
* Obligations of the Broadcasting Signal Distributor
* Reestablishment of the Public Broadcaster
* Management of the Spectrum Dividend
* Technical Standards
* Set Top Boxes
* Development of the Content Industry in Nigeria, namely; Intellectual Property Rights, Awareness Programme in respect of Intellectual Property, Collaboration between agencies, Creative works at tertiary institution.
Digital television and indeed Digital Terrestrial Television broadcast offers a wide range of benefits to industry practitioners and audiences alike. From a wide range of value added services to entrepreneurs, content providers and broadcasters to crisp clear pictures and interactivity to audiences.
Integrated Television Services (ITS) is thus a creation of this recommendation. This company inherits all the transmission arm of the present NTA which includes transmitters, mast and all other associated infrastructures. With its wide range of assets and infrastructure, the PAC document deemed it fit to offer NTA the privilege of being one of the Broadcast Signal Distributors (BSD) to emerge from the existing broadcast environment. In fact it was envisaged that NTA with these infrastructure and National spreads is in the best position to mid-wife the nation’s transition to DTT and the Authority had not disappointed. The joint venture partnership of NTA-Startimes had lived up to this expectation and it remains the Pay-TV arm of the ITS’s operation.
Come December17 2016, it is expected that the NTA would operate under the new broadcast ecology; the content provider and the signal distribution entity as recommended by the PAC. It is necessary to state here the definition, functions and responsibility of these role players in the new broadcast architecture of:
* Broadcast Signal Distributor (Network Operator)
* Content Provider
* Multiplex Operator
Broadcast Signal Distributor (Network Operator)
* This is the entity that operates networks and transmitter that distribute signals associated with a multiplex. It may or may not include the operation of the multiplex hardware as well as Conditional Access (CA) and SMS (Smart Messaging Service) depending on a service agreement between the Network provider and the Multiplex operator.
* This is a service participant on a digital broadcast multiplex that contributes to the content offering in that multiplex whether it be in the form of audio, video or data service.
* This is the entity that complies, operate and markets a content offering on a digit multiplex and decides on the CA and SMS to be used. The Multiplex operator may choose to operate hardware called the Multiplexer as well as the SMS and CA on such a multiplex or to outsource these services to the network provider.
In Nigeria, the DigiTeam set up by the Federal Government, is the Presidential Committee saddle with the responsibility of implementing the transition. They determine and set standards and technical specification for DTT in Nigeria, this includes that for set top boxes and transmission. The ITS’s technical standard is the DVB-T2 standard as adopted for Nigeria with futuristic variations.
* ITS – Integrated Television Service
* PAC – Presidential Action Committee
* DTT – Digital Terrestrial Television
* CA – Conditional Access
* SMS – Smart Messaging Services
* PSB – Public Service Broadcaster
* OTT – Over the Top Television
* BSD – Broadcast Signal Distributor
* BCP – Broadcast Content Provider
* SLA – Service Level Agreement