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Ghana to switch to digital terrestrial television next year


play the videoMs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications

Ms Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, said the rollover of the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) project will begin in the first quarter of next year.

She said the ministry had completed the supply of dedicated electricity to 37 TNT transmission sites in eight regions, namely East, Center, West, Volta, North, Brong Ahafo, Upper East and the Upper West.

She said a team of engineers from NEDCO and the suppliers, NET Limited, are currently providing dedicated power to the transmitters to ensure the availability of digital broadcast signals in the northern part of the country.

Ms Owusu-Ekuful announced it during the Meet-the-Press series in Accra when the Ministry of Communications took its turn.

“All other sites have dedicated feed and testing is underway and the switchover is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year,” she said.

The government is implementing the roadmap to migrate the country from analog transmission to digital television.

The TNT ‘As-Built’ platform has two multiplexes with a total capacity of 40 channels in standard definition (SD).

This capacity has been completely exhausted by existing analog broadcasters, and new broadcasters have been authorized by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to operate.

According to the minister, applications for authorizations to broadcast digital terrestrial television were in progress in the existing regions and in the new regions to be created, which would also require channels located on the platform.

She said adequate capacity needs to be provided to accommodate broadcasters who have secured premium content rights (i.e. pay-per-view events) and wish to transmit through the platform.

In addition, international broadcast companies such as France24, CNN and others have also expressed interest in localizing their content on the TNT platform when capacity is available, she said.

In recognition of these challenges, the minister said that an audit of the DTT infrastructure has been carried out and an extension of the infrastructure to include disaster recovery sites and 60 additional channels with a mix of channels. high definition and standard definition was recommended.

At the same time, the Minister of Communication would co-chair the European Union-African Union (EU-AU) working group on the digital economy next week with Mr. Pierre Guislan, vice-president of the African Development Bank.

The invitation to Ghana to co-chair the program was in recognition of the government’s digital agenda to boost economic growth.

She mentioned some programs implemented by the government like the national identification project, the digital property address system, paperless port operations, mobile money interoperability and digital financial services and digitization. revenue collection and land administration.

The minister said the programs were part of the deliberate steps taken to strengthen the foundations of the Ghanaian economy and formalize it.

Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia led the government team to explore the full potential of modern technological tools and systems for the benefit of the country.

“The government’s digitization agenda is driven by the need to rapidly modernize our processes, technology and the right skills to make our people the engine of economic growth,” Ms. Owusu-Ekuful said.

She assured the government’s commitment to continue to work to help the public and private sectors to step up the adoption of technology at all levels to advance the development of the country.

The minister said the formalization of the economy was happening rapidly through the use of technology and that it would use it in income generation, collection and accountability. “There is an indelible link between ICT and economic development”.


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