StarTimes Nigeria to add DTT channels, expand national coverage
Rebecca Hawkes
| 30 October 2014
StarTimes is to expand its Nigerian pay-TV network to encompass 36 states of the federation by the end of 2014 and simultaneously launch nine additional channels.

"StarTimes now covers 32 states, 34 cities and we are still on-going. By the end of the year, we'll cover the remaining states and cities of the country," said Joshua Wang, chief executive officer, StarTimes Nigeria.

"2015 is the [ITU] deadline for movement from analogue to digital [television] coverage. Before the end of this year, StarTimes will cover the whole Nigeria," he added.

The digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels to be added to StarTimes' Nigerian bouquet comprise: Wazobia TV, Cool TV, Da Vinci Learning, Pop TV, Trace Sports Stars, StarTimes Sport 2, Dadin Kowa, Tiwa Ntiwa and QYOU.

"We will consistently scale up efforts to ensure that our customers get quality content as Nigeria transit into full digital television," said Israel Bolaji, public relations officer, StarTimes.

A licensed digital terrestrial pay-TV operator in Nigeria, StarTimes began its Nigerian operations known as NTA-STAR TV Network Limited – a joint venture between Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and China's Star Communication Network Company.