By Cecil Mensah
The National Communication Authority (NCA), has rolled out a logo, indicating digital compliance for all Set-Top Boxes for the smooth migration from analogue to digital.
The logo, has the inscription ‘digitalghana’ with the flag and a thump would be embossed on all digital compliant set-Top boxes or what is popularly called “digibox” in Ghanaian parlance.
The NCA has, therefore, directed the general public to look out for these logos when they go shopping and report anything suspicious to the authority.
The NCA, which is the communications regulatory body, says it has eight offices throughout the ten regions of the country for the report of all suspicious activities during the campaign to roll out the exercise.
According to the NCA, if the ‘digitalghana’ logos with some serial numbers are not embossed on the Set-Top box, it means that, the box has not been tested and certified by the NCA.
Speaking at a sensitization workshop on the topic: The Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Ghana, Mr Edward Fianko, engineer at NCA, said the Geneva 2006; conference agreement covers only terrestrial wireless television in the following areas: UHF Band (174-230 MHZ) and UHF Bands (470-862 MHz) and these are predominantly analogue bands in the country would be put on a platform called the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).
He said, the transition from analogue to digital would afford Ghanaians the opportunity to use digital broadcasting as a tool for transmission of images and sound.
He added that, the benefits of digital broadcasting, provide higher spectrum efficiency, better picture quality, cleaner sound and more stations on the DTT.
According to him, the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting is the process of converting existing analogue television systems operating in the country to digital system.
He noted during the transition period, the analogue and digital systems, would co-exist for a period before it will finally be phased out.
After this all analogue transmission systems would be switched off and this is process called Analogue Switch Off (ASO) in accordance with
international agreement signed by African and European member states of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
He revealed that since 2015, Ghana has succeeded in rolling out a process called the Dual Illumination, which is the process ofrunning analogue programmes on the digital spectrum.
Since countries like the United States of America (USA),Germany and France adopted the digitalsytem, they have been able to mobilize revenue in the sale of wireless mobile service to the tune of $ 19 .1 billion, 3.57 billion Euros and 2.6 billion Euros respectively.
On his part, the Acting Director-General of NCA, Mr. William Tervie said minimum specifications have developed because of the free to air terrestrial television stations already operated the following television:GTV, TV3, Crystal TV,Metro TV, Visat 1, Net 2, E-TV, GhOne, Top TV, UTV
among others with similar licenses have been migrated onto the digital platform in accordance with the Geneva agreement of ITU.
He gave the assurance that the NCA in collaboration with the Broadcasting Migration Committee has trained staff to speak on the issue during the public awareness exercise on the digital migration this year.