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Ghana: Govt. optimistic about meeting digital switchover deadline

March 20, 2015 • Top Stories, West Africa

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Digital boxes will be out on sale shortly before the June 17 deadline.

According to a report by myjoyonline, the Ghanaian Government is optimistic that it will meet the digital switchover deadline. The statement comes after a commercial Court in Accra threw out an injunction application seeking to prevent government from going ahead with the digital migration process.

According to the report, Deputy Minister of Communications, Ato Sarpong, said government has deployed the digital video broadcasting terrestrial 2 infrastructure in which each broadcasting firm will be given a specific frequency to operate with.

He added that “currently when you take a TV station… that terrestrial TV network is assigned a frequency – a band to operate within, either a Very High Frequency (VHF) or an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band to operate in. Now each broadcaster currently will be doing about six to eight megahertz of spectrum in analog.”

Sarpong added that digital boxes will be out on sale shortly before the June 17 deadline. Sarpong explained that: “global entities that are in the business of manufacturing television sets, manufacturing transmitters, manufacturing equipment within the broadcasting space, from the 17th of June; 2015, will not be in the business of manufacturing analog equipment again.”

In the report Sarpong explained that all TV sets must be upgraded to the terrestrial or hybrid platform to enhance TV viewing pleasure for all.

Darryl Linington

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