The Nigerian Communication Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT) and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) have partnered to inaugurate NextTv, a new satellite Direct-to-Home platform, as reported by local news sources.
CGWIC has previously served as a prime contractor for the development of NIGCOMSAT’s communication satellites, both NIGCOMSAT-1 and the replacement, NIGCOMSAT-1R which is still active in orbit.
CGWIC and NIGCOMSAT have partnered on several projects since the launch of NIGCOMSAT-1R on 20 December 2011.
The partnership further corroborates NIGCOMSAT’s effort to make satellite DTH services affordable in Nigeria. In December 2017, NIGCOMSAT launched a free DTH service, offering over 40 free news, sports, religious and entertainment channels, available on its decoder and other unlocked decoders across 54 countries in Africa.
Commenting on the joint venture, Bimbos Alale, Managing Director of NIGCOMSAT, said that the partnership which began in 2018 aims to improve internally generated revenue as part of a plan to fully commercialise the company’s assets and operations without depending on government funding.
NextTv will offer more than 140 channels and promises to deliver Nigerian entertainment to the rest of the world.