GHANA TO GO DIGITAL IN 2018

ACCRA, Ghana will migrate to a digital platform in 2018 and not in September 2017 as promised, says Communication Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

Addressing a two-day National Forum on Content and Digital Migration here Wednesday, she said the government was planning to engage a consultant to review the entire process before switching on the process next year.

She said every technology had a five-year expiration and since Ghana’s current platform was developed in 2011. She added that it was imperative to review it in its totality to ensure that the country had the highest platform to guide its content.

Owusu-Ekuful urged stakeholders to re-examine the policy again to ensure that it was fit before the country switched on to the platform next year.

The forum was organized by the National Media Commission (NMC) with financial support from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) for stakeholders to discuss digital content and regulatory policy and how the process affects content production, distribution and regulatory framework.

The migration had been expected to take off in June 2015, but was later postponed to September 2017, because of some hitches in the migration process.

Ghana missed the initial June 2015 deadline, which was set under the Geneva 2006 agreement of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), because of delays in accessing funding for the project.

The Minister announced that the government would establish a digital terrestrial television company, which would include all media companies to facilitate the process of migration of to digital broadcasting. She also spoke of the need to create a comprehensive awareness campaign on the migration process to prepare the public.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK