Posted on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 16:26

Ghana's complete digital switchover ahead of time

By Lawrence Quartey

Ghana's government has approved a policy document and a roadmap to complete a proposed digital switchover by 2014, but the country's Communication Minister says it could be attained a year earlier.

Map of Ghana

The digital switchover will allow local television stations to migrate their transmissions from analogue to a digital platform in accordance with the Geneva 2006 (GE06) Agreement of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Digital broadcasting uses frequency more efficiently and produces better quality video and audio than analogue broadcasting.

Communications Minister, Haruna Iddrisu on Wednesday said the government would pursue in earnest the roll-out next year.

Iddrisu was addressing participants from 15 African states attending a three-day workshop on Digital Switchover and Spectrum Harmonisation in Africa organized by Kemilinks International, a global consultancy firm on telecommunication in collaboration with Ghana's telecommunication regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA) in Accra.

He asked the participants to consider practical steps that could be taken to harmonise the use of digital spectrum on the 700 megahertz band, which had been discussed as part of the Africa common proposals for the next year's World Radio Communication Conference.

Ghana has adopted the second generation DVB standard, ETSIEN 302 755, popularly called DVB-T2 for digital terrestrial television that offers flexibility of transmitting high definition (HD), standard definition (SD) and mobile television channels on the same transmission network.

As a result all vendors and equipment suppliers are directed to immediately cease the importation of DTT set-top boxes (STBs) and or decoders until further notice.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2011 14:23

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