Government’s quest to migrate all the television stations from analogue to digital terrestrial is expected to be completed in June this year, the Deputy Communication Minister, Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu, has said.
This means that television users in the country who do not have a digital terrestrial box by June 2016 will not be able to enjoy their television programmes, since they may not receive signals that transmit to their television set.
Speaking at the 20th anniversary launch of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr Ofosu said phase one of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network project had already been completed and it included a central point located at Kanda where all digital television stations would connect their programme.
“Broadcasting continues to influence our lives in many ways on a daily basis; it has in fact become almost an indispensable factor in our democratic process. We will complete a transition from analogue to digital terrestrial in June 2016,” he said.
He said the government intended to build on these gains to bring Ghana closer to the realisation of the universal access to information by introducing a public discussion on domestic roaming.
Meanwhile, the NCA launched activities marking its 20th anniversary milestone as the regulator of the communications sector in the country.
The anniversary – which is expected to be climaxed by several activities such as digital family forum, ICT school essay competition to be held on regional basis, communication fun games and corporate social responsibility – will be held throughout the whole year.
The Director General of the NCA, Mr William Tevie, said the anniversary celebration was aimed at telling the story of how the company began, in what he described as the challenge and the breakthrough experience.
He traced the history of NCA from 1996, when the government established the outfit to regulate communications by wire, cable, radio, television, and similar means of technology for the orderly development and operation of efficient communication services in the country.
According to him, starting off with one office in Accra then, the authority had eight regional offices in Ho, Sunyani, Koforidua, Bolgatanga, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale, bringing its services closer to the communities and also to facilitate effective monitoring of spectral resources.
“Twenty years has not been all rosy and glowing but the years have seen the authority recording great success through commitment and diligence,” he said.
The Director General expressed satisfaction that the company had been able to live up to expectation, saying that “as a regulatory body, we are proud of how far the Information Communication Technology industry in Ghana has evolved over the past 20 years”.
“We as an authority will continue to implement progressive and dynamic policies and programmes to put Ghana on the map as the leading provider of ICT services within sub-Saharan Africa,” he added.