Nigeria Launches China-Funded Satellite TVs in 1000 Villages, DStv Take Note

Nigeria Launches China-Funded Satellite TVs in 1000 Villages, DStv Take Note

Nigerian Government launches a satellite TV initiative supported by the Government of China. Our government has selected 1,000 villages to test-run the service which will carry 30 digital channels. If these channels have European football via Chinese licensing rights, through satellite, MultiChoice’s DStv Nigeria has a headache.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has launched a project to provide free satellite television to 1000 villages across Nigeria.

The project is being funded by the government of China.

Mr Mohammed flagged off the project Monday in Kpaduma 3, a village in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT).

The minister said the 1000 Villages Satellite TV Project was announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He said the project is under the ”Ten Major China-Africa Cooperation Plans” that were announced at the event.


”With access to more than 30 digital channels, with crystal clear pictures and Hi-Fidelity audio, the DSO roll-out brings the benefits of digital television to all households.

”We call this the democratisation of information and entertainment, ” he said.

Mr Mohammed said the 1,000 villages project could not have come at a better time.

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