The government of Ghana will implement a Digital Television Transmission (DTT) in the country, next year 2019. When completed, this would migrate the country from an analogue stage into a digital stage.
This was disclosed at a press briefing yesterday December 13, by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
She revealed that the DTT project was executed in three phases; starting with the completion of the first phase in April 2016, where the network platform became operational, feeding six sites in Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions and running 27 programme channels.
Currently, dedicated power has been provided to thirty-seven Digital Terrestrial Transmission sites in eight regions in the country. Other regions and localized channels would be rolled out onto the platform soon.
“Contractors of the project (NEDCO engineers, KNET Limited) will provide the dedicated power into the transmitters to ensure the availability of digital broadcasting signals in eight regions in the country.” – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) requested governments the world over to migrate from analogue broadcasting to digital by June 2015.
Although Ghana is notably one of Africa’s technologically advanced countries, it has not been able to meet the deadline for the digital migration.
In 2015, the Ministry of Communication together with K-Net Limited signed a contract to roll out the DTT project within 12 months.
Sixteen sites in four regions namely; Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Volta were completed by October 2016, but had to be shut down due to inadequate power supply