Satellite TV service provider, TSTV says its TSTV Africa, will begin commercial operation on Nov. 1. - TREAT P WORLD

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

Satellite TV service provider, TSTV says its TSTV Africa, will begin commercial operation on Nov. 1.

Satellite TV service provider, TSTV says its TSTV Africa, will begin commercial
operation on Nov. 1.

Its Managing Director, Mr Bright Echefu, made this known while briefing
newsmen on Saturday in Abuja.

Echefu added that TSTV would launch its services with about one million
decoders nationwide.

He said that at least 5,000 decoders TSTV would be released to the public
next week for free, adding that it would use the first set of decoders with one
month free subscription to test run its services.

TSTV: begins operation on 1 November
“Commercialization of our decoders will resume officially on Nov. 1 and by
that time, every part of Nigeria would have TSTV decoders for people to buy.

“We are releasing about one million which can go round and our target for the
first quarter is one million units.

“In every quarter we will bring one million units and we are targeting four
million units within the next one year.

“I can tell you categorically that some decoders will be released next week for
Nigerians to test and we are going to cover the 36 states of the federation.

“These decoders are going to be free and it close to 5,000 units to test and
that will last for two weeks,’’ he said.

Echefu disclosed that the delay in releasing the decoders to the public was to
ensure that dealers were properly scrutinized so that the decoders do not fall
into the wrong hands.

He explained that the decoder would be sold to Nigerians at a subsidized
rate.
According to him, the landing cost of the decoder is N28,000.

“We don’t want a situation where someone would pick our decoders and
dump them somewhere.

“That is why we are very careful because of competition.
“ We have received well over 6,000 applications and it has been overwhelming
processing these people; but so far, we have been able to accredit more than
748 dealers and we have received applications from more than 3,000 of them.

“That is why we have not commercialized our services even though we are
the ones losing because we have enough decoders to cover the whole of
Nigeria.

“But it will be unfair with all the money put in for us to give decoders out and
those decoders don’t get to the end users,’’ Echefu added.

TSTV boss said that measures had been put in place to ensure its
sustainability in terms of services, pledging that the organisation would be
envied by many Nigerians in the next ten years.

He disclosed that the organisation currently has 250 staff on direct
employment, while it expects about 10000 to be engaged indirectly at take
off.

According to him, TSTV has improved on its transmission facilities to
overcome weather challenges while expressing happiness over the acceptance
by Nigerians.

He praised the Federal Government for the three year tax relief granted to the
company to encourage more investors to come to Nigeria.

He said that the company would consolidate on the new tax policy to grow
its business in the country and recoup its investment.

On the alleged copyright infringement on two international content providers,
Turner Broadcasting System and beIN sports, Echefu said the company
entered into partnership agreement with every concerned organisation.
According to him, TSTV will air CNN and beIN sport channels.

He commended DSTV for creating value for Nigerian content.

Newsmen recall that the new satellite pay TV was inaugurated on Oct. 1.
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