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Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission has launched a free-to-air digital television (DTV) service in Abuja.

GatesAir Logo color black bkgd 400x200The DVB-T2 system was designed, integrated and commissioned over a three-month period by wireless content delivery company GatesAir and Nigerian channel partner Pinnacle Communications. It is now delivering 30 TV channels to the capital city, offering news, information and entertainment programming.

The broadcast system includes main and backup GatesAir Maxiva ULXT liquid-cooled transmitters for content delivery. GatesAir also supplied the DVB-T2 headend, which optimises UHF spectrum for multichannel services; along with all electrical material and RF systems required for the greenfield build out.

“GatesAir accelerated delivery of the ULXT transmission system and DVB-T2 headend to support the launch of two programme multiplexes, which was an enormous help to meeting this deadline,” said Sir Lucky Omoluwa, chairman, Pinnacle Communications.

“GatesAir worked closely with Pinnacle Communications and Nigerian stakeholders to architect the most efficient configuration, ensuring the complete ecosystem is consistent. Viewers within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja ultimately benefit with 30 free-to-air channels.”

Pinnacle Communications, the licensed signal distributor for Nigeria, is working with the Nigerian regulator, NBC, to plan future expansions of the service. The next phase, to cover six states, is targeted for completion in June 2017. Pinnacle Communications has confirmed that GatesAir will deliver ULXT liquid-cooled and UAXT air-cooled transmitters to support the rollout.

“As Nigeria’s DVB-T2 digital TV rollout progresses, we intend to work closely with Pinnacle Communications and all stakeholders in Nigeria to deliver the systems they require to their exacting specifications,” said Phil Argyris, CEO, GatesAir.

“Our global expertise in managing national DTV projects will ensure quick delivery and deployment of high-efficiency systems that lower total cost of ownership and optimise performance over many years.”