TSTV to begin commercial operation on Nov. 1


Telcomm Satellite TV (TSTV) says its newly
inaugurated pay TV, 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.

“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 had
a total of 250 staff on direct employment, while
it expects to that indirect employment would hit
10,000 at take off.
According to him, TSTV has improved on its
transmission facilities to overcome weather
challenges while expressing happiness over the
acceptance that Nigerians.
He praised the Federal Government for the
three years 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that
the new satellite pay TV was inaugurated on
Oct. 1 but is yet to be viewed by the public.



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