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Osun Based Firm Secures Broadcast Set-Top Boxes Contract

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One of the emerging industrial concerns in Osun, the RLG/Adulawo Technology Company has secured a multi-billion Naira contract for the production of terrestrial broadcast set top boxes from the Nigeria Television Authority’s TV Enterprises.

This was made known in Osogbo on Monday evening by Mr Maxwell Loko, managing director of NTA Television Enterprise, who led a delegation of the company to the Governor after another inspection of the facilities at the RLG/Adulawo Technology Company.

The contract for the production of the Terrestrial Broadcast Set-Top Boxes (STB) for digital switch-over from analogue in the country is worth $30.5million.

Loko presented the contract paper to the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, whose government partnered the Ghana-based RLG Technology Company since 2013 for the training of Osun youths under the Osun Youths Technology Trainings Acquisition Scheme, OYESTECH.

The Federal Government, through the management of the Nigerian Television Authority, Nigeria Television Authority TV Enterprise, said the decision to partner RLG Adulawo was a result of the capacity of the company to deliver on the terms and conditions attached to the contract.

RLG Adulawo Technology Factory which was established through the initiative of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration in the state has in the last four years been one of the major manufacturers of commonly used electronics devices in Nigeria such as telephone handsets and computers.

The Managing Director, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Television Enterprise, while presenting the letter of the contract to the Governor of the state, described the partnership as a milestone to promote local products and Made-in-Nigeria goods in the country.

He said the contract was awarded to the company in support of the Aregbesola’s commitment towards the promotion of science, technology and innovation.

Mr. Loko, who attributed the emergence of the RLG/Adulawo company as the winner of the contract to its dedication and commitment to scientific discoveries and technological advancement, declared that the contract was given to the company based on merit.

He said the decision was part of the agency’s motives towards enhancing strategic alliance, saying the partnership would go a long way in complementing the efforts of the state government to promote local products and as well provide job opportunities for the youths.

According to him, the company has installed capacity for 600,000 Set Top Boxes (STB) per month and it is expected to produce over a million STB before the June 2017 deadline.

“This is a technology in motion. This contract is a signal to the fact that Nigeria is also moving towards achieving an enhanced technology.

“This gesture would go a long way in encouraging other sectors to develop capacities that can make Nigeria compete favourably with her counterparts in terms of advanced science and technology.

“It is also a sign to the fact that the country is not only advancing technologically or scientifically but also has the capacity to promote locally made products, thus, generating wealth and creating jobs for her youths.

“Our partnership with the RLG/Adulawo which is an agency established by Osun Government is a clear manifestation towards the commitment of the state to promote science and technology”, he stressed.

Earlier, the Osun state Governor, while receiving the letter of the contract described the partnership as a breakthrough that will further boost the efforts of his administration on youth empowerment and economic progress.

Governor Aregbesola who recalled how the partnership for the establishment of RLG Adulawo started and its positive impacts on the job creation and youth empowerment in the state, expressed optimism on the ability and capacity of the Osun based company to deliver as expected within the time frame.

He recounted that the company (RLG Adulawo) had since its creation trained about 5000 youths in different technological areas and specialisations.

According to him, the establishment of the company had complemented the empowerment initiatives and programmes of the state.

“The inauguration of Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES) through which 40,000 youths were engaged and empowered among other programmes had continued to stimulate the state’s economy in all aspects”, he asserted.

Governor Aregbesola announced that another 20,000 youth for the third cycle of the Youth Empowerment Programme will be engaged before the end of this year.

On the award of manufacturing of a million Set Top Boxes in which about 30,000 pieces have already been delivered, Governor Aregbesola extolled President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to advancing science and technology.

He said the present administration has rescued the economy of the country from collapsing just as the sectors of the economy had been gradually re-energised.

Governor Aregbesola also lauded the keen determination of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for working towards the actualisation of the June 2017 deadline for the digital switch-over.

The Governor commended the efforts being put in place by the National Assembly to ensure a transparent process in the procurement of the decoders.

He said “the state would not disappoint them in its ability to deliver quality services”.

In his remarks, the Chairman Ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives on Digital Switch-over, Hon. Sunday Marshar-Katun, said the Committee was set up to supervise the process of STB procurement in order to meet up with the deadline, saying that this is part of efforts to ensure that Nigerians get value for money.

In his remarks, the representative of the Director General of National Broadcasting Commission, Eng Friday Ukwela, said out of 13 companies that are licenced to produce the Set Top Boxes, RLG Adulawo Technology City was one of the few to deliver.

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MultiChoice Refutes Launch of Pay-Per-View Report

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Pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, has dismissed fresh reports saying it is about to make its services available via the Pay-Per-View model.

In a statement issued in Lagos, the company said reports currently circulating and suggesting that it is about launching Pay-Per-View are unfounded.

“MultiChoice wishes to correct the news currently being circulated and states that at no time was it announced that a Pay Per View service was about to be launched,” said the statement.

The company explained that before the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing fight, it explained to journalists at a media briefing premium subscribers on its DStv platform would watch the fight as part of their package, while subscribers to pay television services in the USA would need to pay an additional US$99 on Pay per view basis to access the fight.

It added that should it decide to offer a new service in the future, the media and its subscribers will be directly informed.

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DSTv, Startimes Panic as TSTV Unpacks PaSC, Data Bundle

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As the commercial launch of TStv, Telcom Satellite TV, in Nigeria beckons, DStv/GOtv and StarTimes, and other pay TV providers, are believed to be troubled, according to Independent.

Their anxiety may have arisen from the new operator’s introduction of the Pay-as-You-Consume (PaSC) model and data bundle.

Other pay TV providers had consistently argued that the model was not possible to implement in Nigeria on the grounds that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.

TStv will roll out its Pay-As-You-Consume plan on October 1, 2017, and industry watchers predict that it would win over a lot of customers from its competitors.

Analysts have expressed the hope that TStv would, indeed, redeem its promise of offering unique services, and thus break the MultiChoice’s monopoly in the business in Nigeria.

The move by the incoming operator is aimed at attracting more subscribers to their service, which is considered to have been tailored along the yearning of Nigerian pay TV customers.

When the new plan begins, it is expected to replicate the revolutionary feat Globacom made in the telecoms industry through the introduction of per second billing (PSB).

Prior to the implementation of PSB by Glo, MTN and Econet (now Airtel) had insisted that it was not possible to operate the PSB until after seven years, but Glo made it possible immediately it hit the market in 2003.

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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ on DStv Clocks Ten

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For the last decade, the E! mega hit series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has grown steadily from a familial docu-series into a global phenomenon.

From break-ups to make-ups, weddings, births and all the drama in between, fans have “kept up” with the family’s constant evolution.

In the 90-minute Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special, airing on 25 September at 7pm, host and executive producer of the series and special, Ryan Seacrest, sits down with Kris, Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Kylie to reflect back on the most monumental events in their lives.

Throughout the years, the family has remained genuine, compassionate, and vulnerable with the viewers, and this special will delve into what it’s been like for the family to live all the triumphs and hardships in front of the camera.

In preparation for the ten year anniversary celebrations, E! is airing a Kardash-a-thon, every day until 6 October. From 06:10am to 06:05pm, fans are given the opportunity to catch up on every episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians ever aired.

Fans can find out more about the Kardashian and Jenner sisters’ fashion style and signature looks in a series of E!’s Look Book specials, every day at 7pm.

On 7 October, E! will showcase the most popular episodes from Keeping Up with the Kardashians as voted by you, the fans, in Top 10 Fan Faves. Voting is open on the E! Africa Facebook page until 1 October.

Then, after a heavy and eventful year, Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns for a fun and flirty fourteenth season on 8 October at 7pm. From backyard camping and wine tasting in Santa Barbara to jet-setting to Mexico for birthday shenanigans, the family is determined to get back to basics, but not without some challenges along the way.

Kim debates removing herself from the spotlight to focus on her family after the traumatic experience in Paris.

Meanwhile, as Khloé’s relationship with Tristan heats up, she stresses over how to blend her two lives.

As Kourtney is burdened over how to unapologetically embrace her single life while co-parenting with Scott, Kendall finds herself under an immense amount of pressure as she struggles with being in the public eye and the rest of the family is along for the unpredictable ride.

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