The Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT) has launched a new Satellite TV, Direct-To-Home, DTH platform called NextTv.
The new Joint Venture entity, NextTV, will provide content over Direct-to-Home platform as well as solutions for telcos, Over the Top service providers, Pay TV operators and mobile carriers.
The platform is a joint venture partnership between Nigus International, a Nigerian technology solutions company; NIGCOMSAT and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).
CGWIC served as a prime contractor for the development of NIGCOMSAT’s communication satellites, both NIGCOMSAT-1 and the replacement, NIGCOMSAT-1R which is still active in orbit. CGWIC and NIGCOMSAT have partnered on several projects since the launch of NIGCOMSAT-1R on 20 December 2011.
Federal Government urges Nigerians to patronize NIGCOMSAT and NextTv – as it will be made affordable for every home.
The Executive Chairman of the new company, Mr Malik Ado-Ibrahim, said that the company would take entertainment and other services to the masses. He said with low entry cost and services to be offered through mobile telephones, rural penetration was a major niche for the company.
NextTv will offer more than 140 channels and promises to take Nigerian entertainment to the rest of the world, and bring the rest of the world to Africa’s rich culture.