The National Communications Authority (NCA) has confirmed that all efforts were being made to ensure that Ghana met the international deadline of June 17, 2015, for the total migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Mr Henry Kanor, Director of Engineering at the NCA told the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday, that failure to migrate to the new service by the end of the year, would mean that the country’s transmission facilities and systems would not get protection from neighbouring countries.
He said various transmission networks could face severe challenges and obstructions, due to the powerful nature of digital over the analogue system, leading to poor quality of service.
He said the NCA would stick to the Geneva 2006 (GE06) Agreement, which established the Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Plan in the bands 174 –230 MHz and 470 – 862 MHz at the Regional Radio communications Conference (RRC-06) in 2006.
It was, therefore, carrying out a transition of television broadcasting services in the frequency bands 174–230 MHz and 470–862 MHz from analogue to digital technology.
The terrestrial television stations: GTV, TV3, TV Africa, Crystal TV, Metro TV, Viasat1, Net-2 TV, e-TV Ghana, Coastal TV, GhOne, Top TV and all other stations with similar licenses were expected to migrate their transmissions from analogue to a digital platform by the end of the year, in accordance with the Geneva 2006 (GE06) Agreement of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).