By Musbau Rasak
The Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has cleared the air on the legality of pay-tv channel, GoTV providing Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service to its subscribers.
According to the NBC, the pay-tv channel has every legal right to provide the service since the parent company of the channel, Details Nigeria Limited has upgraded its licence which allowed the pay-tv company to provide both mobile and terrestrial services.
Speaking on the controversy, the Head of Public Affairs of NBC, Mrs. Maimuna Jimada, stated that GoTV through Details Nigeria Limited has licence to operate Multipoint Multimedia Distribution System (MMDS) and Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H).
Mrs. Jimada stated that “what Details Nigeria Limited has simply done was to deploy the Digital Video Broadcasting – Technology2 (DVB-T2) which allows it to provide both Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) services”.
She debunked the claim that GoTV was using understand tactics to ensure that it remains in the market. “I’m not aware of any scheming. The company has a licence that allows it to operate and provide the services it is providing and I have simply explained how it attained such status,” she said.
Mrs. Jimada’s explanation may have put to rest the controversy surrounding the legality or otherwise of GoTV in Nigeria.