News reaching us as it that Telcomm Satellite TV (TStv) has announced November 1st for is pay as you watch tv to start operations fully in Nigeria. The Managing Director while speaking with newsmen says all is set for the company to kick off operation. he also made it know that about 5,000 TStv decoders would be given out free of charge as from next week
“Commercialisation of our decoders will resume officially on November 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.
Why The Delay?
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 further explained that the landing cost of the decoder is N28,000 but the TStv decoder will be sold to Nigerians at an affordable price
“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,” he said.
“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.”
How Many Staffs Does TStv Have?
The organization currently has 250 staff on direct employment, while it expects about 10000 to be engaged indirectly at take off.
Speaking on the alleged copyright infringement on two international content providers, Turner Broadcasting System and beIN sports, Echefu stated that the company has a partnership agreement with every concerned organization and that TStv will air both CNN and beIN sports channels