Ghana govt commences digital migration

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The Minister of Communication Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has disclosed that the government has commenced the process of migrating Ghana from analogue to an energy efficient Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in line with International standards. According to him the completion of the digital broadcasting migration process will lead to improved channel choice, crystal clear pictures and quality sound for consumers.

Speaking at the official handing over of enhanced community information centre at Bodi in the Western Region, Dr Omane Boamah noted that the project is expected to be completed by March 2016 and once its completed all who use analogue TVs would have to secure Set-Top-Boxes (STB) which has been approved by the NCA to be able to receive all the digital signals.

Commenting on the government ongoing ICT 4 development projects underway across the country, the communication minister mentioned the construction of an US$8million Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Centre near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange. He said the BPO Centre has the potential to create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs for the youth of Ghana. “Through this eCIC in Bodi, and many others across the country we are hopeful the second phase of Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) adoption and adaptation programme which seeks to diffuse IT Enabled services to the districts will be successful not only because it will create jobs for our youth in the districts but also because the requisite human resource will be available to ensure smooth take-off. The added advantage is also to minimise rural urban migration” he said.

The Communication Minister further state that the government through the his ministry has put a number of mechanisms in place to address issues such as cyber crime, cyber security and abuse of children online. We have set up the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) which responds promptly and appropriately to suspected and or reported cases of cyber incidents.



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