As part of its test running process , the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the country new PayTV operator Telecom Satellite Television TStv , Mr. Bright Echefu, has said that, the sales of it decoder will start officially come November 1st 2017 just as it will deploy 5,000 decoders to customers for free before then.
Echefu who made this know weekend during a facility visit of media practitioner of Telecom Satellite Television, TStv office in Abuja explained that the free decoders were meant for the customers for test run and to ascertain, how strong is the services of the just launched indigenous pay TV”,
“I can tell you categorically, that some decoders will be released next week for Nigerians to test and really see our services and we are going to cover the whole 36 states of the federation by releasing the decoders, for they are called PR decoders”.
“It will last for two weeks and we are going to give it out for free, so, if you have given money to anyone, please go and collect your money back” he said.
He added that “the delay in the deployment of the decoders for commercial purposes to customers was to prevent sabotage by unscrupulous elements who would want to frustrate the company.
“We have not commenced commercial sales of our decoders because we are aware of the fact that we are running a business easily frustrated by competition.
The TSTv boss also revealed that the landing cost of the decoders is about N28,000 but will be given at a subsidiized rate.
” it is part of the reasons why federal government gave us the tax relief. Service go with profit and if you give good services, Nigerians will continue to subscribe and they will enjoy and the turnover become bigger. Knowing that the kind business we are into, is a business of volume, we need to numbers for it to translate to profits”, he said.
Speaking further, he revealed that the company had so far received applications from over 3,000 individuals who have indicated interest to be dealers.
” So far we have cleared about 750 of the dealers. We are currently conducting due diligence checks on our dealers. We do not want a situation where individuals posing as dealers buy up our decoders and go dump them.
“In the next two weeks, the verification and full accreditation of dealers for our decoder would be completed and it will be the public”, he said.