Ghana to switch on to Digital transmission in September 21, 2017

| Updated Mar 01, 2017 at 9:00pm


Dr. Omane Boamah, joined by the acting Director of GBC Mrs. Francesca Odunto and others unveil the new logo christened ‘KooDigi’


On September 21, 2017, all analogue transmitters and frequencies will be switched off in the country.

This is to pave the way for all television broadcasting platforms to switch from broadcasting programs in analogue transmission to digital.

It also means that after the decommissioning, the frequencies that will be freed will revert to the National Communications Authority (NCA).

The Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, who revealed this at the Digital Terrestrial Television Public Forum in Accra last weekend, however, urged the public not to dispose of their analogue television sets.

“All you have to do is to go for an approved digital terrestrial set-top boxes in order to enjoy the digital platform,” he advised.

“Television users in Ghana who do not have a digital terrestrial set-top box will not be able to enjoy their television programs, since they will not receive signals that transmit to their television set at the September 21, deadline,” he said.

Presently, there are many shops claiming to be selling digital flat screen television sets which will not require set-top boxes to unsuspecting members of the public in their quest to make some money.

Dr. Omane-Boamah, however, underscored the need for the public to be extra cautious when purchasing a television set, and said “not all flat screen televisions are digital and not all digital television sets conform to Ghanaian standards.”

The forum was also used to unveil the digital conformance logo, Digital Ghana Thumb, christened ‘KooDigi’.

SOURCE: Daily Graphic