GHANA ALMOST SET TO SWITCH TO DIGITAL BROADCASTING

ACCRA, Ghana is almost set for a switch from analogue to digital broadcasting by next year as required by the 2006 Geneva agreement which mandates all countries to migrate to digital broadcasts by 2018.

A total of 53 transmission sites have been built across the country to facilitate the switchover deadline next year, says the Executive Secretary of the National Media Commission (NMC), George Sarpong.

He was addressing a two-day workshop for members of three Regional Media Advisory Committees (RMACs) from southern Ghana to educate them on the digital migration process. The RMACs were inaugurated in six of Ghana’s 10 regions (provinces) to assist the NMC in dealing with media matters.

Sarpong said the migration was a global exercise which all countries must adhere to and he urged members of the Regional Committees to keep abreast of the issues involved.

He said Ghana was currently leading in the preparation towards the migration process, adding that Africa in general was struggling to migrate but hinted that it would be regrettable for any country to be left behind digitally because after the deadline, analogue transmissions could be chaotic because they would not be guaranteed protection from transmission interference by neighbouring countries.

Digital migration is the process where television stations operating on analogue networks would transfer to digital based transmission networks until the analogue transmitters are eventually switched off.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK