Ghana will miss its previously-stated June 2015 deadline for the migration from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT), and a new target date of February 2016 has been set, according to Ghana News Agency (GNA). Speaking at a recent news conference, Minister of Communications Edward Omane Boamah claimed that vigorous steps are being taken to ensure that the switchover will be complete by this date; he blamed financial constraints for the delay in deploying the necessary infrastructure. He added that at least GHS230 million (USD60.4 million) could be generated from spectrum freed up during the process – if it is utilised in the mobile sector.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the digital migration process was originally scheduled for completion in November 2011, in line with a Cabinet decision taken in 2007, but was subsequently pushed back to 1 December 2013 and then 17 June 2015 (the International Telecommunication Union’s [ITU’s] deadline for analogue switch-off). As of 17 June, the ITU will no longer protect countries from cross-border radio spectrum interference from those nations that have completed their migration projects on time.