By Grace Alegba
The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE) has advised the Federal Government to regulate equipment quality and standards to ensure better frequency transmission for digital television broadcasting.
Stephen Moses, a fellow of NIEEE made the call at a virtual/physical eighth fellowship conferment and award ceremony, organised by the institute on Monday.
Moses, who is also an Executive Director, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) said that Nigeria still operated an analogue system.
He said that NTA, therefore, needed the right transmitters to blend into digital platforms for the country’s frequency spectrum.
He added that Nigeria and most African countries still operate analogue television, hence the need to apply the right transmitters, “using the internet to limit wave interference with signals’’.
Speaking on the topic, “Study of Co-existence between DVB-T2 and LTE Networks in the Digital Dividend Band in Nigeria”, Moses listed the various acceptable frequencies for television and internet transmissions.
He called on relevant government agencies to uphold the protection ratio of Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) – Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to achieve flawless co-existence.
DVB is the extension of the television standard DVB-T, issued by the consortium DVB, devised for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television.
LTE is a standard for wireless data transmission that allows for the download of favourite music, websites and video at a faster rate than with the previous technology, 3G.
According to him, there are areas of growing interests in the use of the spectrum and studies of the interference of the two services are required as previous studies failed to explore Nigeria’s case.
The guest speaker called on the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBC), Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Nigerian Custom and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to collaborate with the institute to enforce standards.
He, however, recommended that NCC and NBC should enforce the protection ratios.
Moses added that SON, Nigerian Custom, NCC and NBC should work together to ensure that only standard equipment is brought into the Nigerian market.
He also urged the agencies to build on a practical guide of co-existence for the two services to blend television with the internet spectrum.
While giving a brief history of the institute, Mr Adeyemi Kings, NIEEE National Chairman said it was established in 1984 but started fellowship conferment in 2015 with 28 chapters.
“In order to deliver our mandate effectively, NIEEE is constitutionally structured into three broad sub-divisions of electrical engineering namely power engineering, telecoms and ICT as well as instrumentation and control sections,’’ he said.
Also, Mrs Atinuke Owolabi, Managing Director, Wurvicat International Ltd, and the only female fellowship conferees out of 24 thanked the institute on behalf of other new fellows.
Corporate partnership awards were given to the NCC, Eko Electricity Distribution Company and IHS Nigeria Ltd alongside other notable engineers for their contributions. (NAN)