Ghana commences DTT publicity campaign
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Ministry of Communications in collaboration the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC) has launched the Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) Publicity Campaign in Accra. The launch of the campaign will now pave way for the sensitization of the Ghanaian populace on the need for the country to go digital and the immense benefit the nation stands to gain.
The campaign which was launched by the minister of communications Dr Edward Omane Boamah follows the successful signing of USD $82.3M contract agreement with KNET Limited, a fully owned Ghanaian entity for the roll out of the National Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network solution in the country. Under the contract K-Net is expected to complete the DTT network project in twelve (12) months, where nine (9) months will be used to execute the project and a further three months for resolving all teething challenges.
It is believed that the rolling out of a nationwide digital terrestrial television project promises enormous prospects including employment opportunities for the distribution, sale, installation and maintenance of set top boxes. It is also likely to offer 7,000 direct and indirect jobs within next two year for the STB sector.
According to Dr Omane Boamah, the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC) under the Ministry of Communication has prepared comprehensive public education and awareness materials for the migration from analogue to digital television. This will help ensure that citizens, together with stakeholders, are well educated to ensure a smooth migration process.
Ghana missed out on the June 2015 deadline; switch over from the current analogue television transmission to digital broadcasting for better quality service, in line with international standards, as required under Geneva 2006 agreement of the International Telecommunication Union.
The National Communications Authority is carrying out a transition of television broadcasting services in the frequency 174-230 MHz and 470-862 MHz from analogue to digital technology. The digital television offers far more channels to viewers with good sound and picture quality, and viewers with the existing analogue TV sets can receive digital signals by attaching a Set-Top Box to their TV sets.