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Minister Haruna Iddrisu

The Government of Ghana will roll out a nationwide digital terrestrial television network at a cost of USD95 million as the country prepares to phase out analogue broadcasting.

Communication Minister Haruna Iddrisu told the 2nd Digital Migration and Spectrum Policy Summit in Accra that the DTT network would cover at least 95% of the population.

The Minister said the solution supplier would pre-finance the first phase of the project, pending the completion of the processes to secure the loan from the China EXIM Bank.

“It is the policy of the Government of Ghana to establish a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) vehicle to own, manage and operate the DTT network. A multi-stakeholder group is currently at work to fashion out the structure and framework for the registration of the PPP entity,” he said.

The new DTT network is expected to be live in the Greater Accra region by 31 December, followed by Kumasi in January 2013. The nationwide rollout is scheduled  for completion by December 2013 to allow for a phased analogue switch-off.

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