Ghana announces new deadline for digital migration


The government Ghana has set March 2016 as the new deadline for migration from analogue to digital broadcasting. Deputy Minister for Communications, Hon. Ato Sarpong, explained that the new migration would enable all broadcasting houses transmit on one free platform instead of broadcasting on different platforms which would help reduce cost, time and energy.

Sarpong said the first phase of the project, installation of digital infrastructure in the Greater Accra and the Ashanti regions, would be completed by October 2015. He added that phase two of the project would be completed by November 2015 and would cover areas including the Volta, Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions while the remaining regions would experience the data installation by the end of March 2016.

According to Sarpong, after the completion of the installation of the infrastructure, government would allow a one year period to enable the public purchase the required facilities for the migration.

A statement issued by the Ghanaian government and made available to TechCityNG revealed there would be an intensive educational campaign to educate the public on the new data migration.
Commenting, Oscar Nchor, Director of Technical Services, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), urged all stakeholders to embrace the project as it would come with enormous benefits for the country.