Ghana: Chinese govt. grants loan for digital switch

January 20, 2015 • Top Stories

The Word Network Africa

The digital terrestrial transmission platform is expected to cost Ghana about USD 95 million.

The government of Ghana has inked an agreement with its Chinese counterpart in order to obtain a loan facility. According to the government of Ghana, the loan will be put towards the the Ghanaian digital terrestrial transmission project.

Ghana’s ministry of communication is expected to countersign the loan agreement and submit it to parliament for ratification. The digital terrestrial transmission platform is expected to cost the country about USD 95 million.

Although the financing has been agreed upon and cleared, Ghana may miss the expected switch-over deadline of June 2015 – which was set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The main contractor and supplier of the equipment, Star Communication Network Technology (StarTimes), is expected to complete work for the main cities by July. According to the ITU, any country that fails to meet the deadline will not receive any protection from the Union, should another country interferes in its broadcasting space.

Staff Writer

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