Communications Minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has revealed that about 587,000 Ghanaian villagers have benefitted from the StarTimes free-to-air digital broadcasting platform in Ghana. The ‘300 village satellite TV project’ was launched in September of this year.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful disclosed this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen show — explaining that the project has benefited Ghanaians a lot beyond the six months free viewing experience it promised.
“About 587,000 households in Ghana are experiencing free viewership across the country with about 885 public stations up has benefited to help beneficiaries in these areas enjoy their Christmas with the experience it experience.”
In addition, she further revealed that the youth have been provided with adequate training in order to be able to maintain the devices and equipment, saying “The cost of all these training was part of the agreement we signed with the Chinese and so nobody is going to bear the cost involved.”
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The project generated a lot of controversy prior to its commencement, with the Ghana Independent Broadcasters (GIBA) inferring that the implementation was a pilot planed by government to allow the Chinese company to eventually take over the existing Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project in the country.
This was notwithstanding the fact that government first signed a $95 million deal with the StarTimes to supply and install the Digital Terrestrial Television network platform for Ghana in 2012.