Ghana digital migration to get boost from China
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s quest to roll out its national digital terrestrial transmission project this year seems to be on course, with the help of a Chinese government loan facility. The agreement will help the government of Ghana meet the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) DTT deadline of June 17, 2015.
Information available to Biztechafrica in Accra indicates that the government of Ghana, through the ministry of communication, is now expected to countersign the loan agreement and submit it to parliament for ratification. Ghana’s pursuance of a digital terrestrial transmission platform is expected to cost the country about US$95million.
Contractors and suppliers of the digital terrestrial equipment for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Star Communication Network Technology has target July this year to complete main capital cities that have sign on to DTT.
Ghana signed the Geneva 2006 (GE06) Agreement, which established the Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Plan in the frequency bands 174 – 230 Megahertz (MHz) and 470 – 862 MHz at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Regional Radio communications Conference and in conformance with the Antalya Declaration of 2006.
The Agreement sets 17 June, 2015, as the deadline for the cessation or stoppage of international protection for analogue broadcasting transmissions. The analogue to digital transition would ensure that Ghana conforms to global standards in television and also offer the better picture quality, clearer sound, more channels, and more interactivity to viewers. Additionally, DTT is expected to create more job opportunities for the youth in fields such as local digital content development.