Politics of Friday, 1 February 2013
Minister-designate for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah says government will strictly enforce the law banning importation of analog television sets into the country, in accordance with the Antalya and Geneva Conventions.
Ghana has set herself a December 2014 deadline for all radio and television broadcasters to migrate onto a digital platform, ahead of the global deadline of June 17, 2015.
The Digital Switchover is a collaborative effort between the National Communications Authority and radio and television operators currently broadcasting over analog, to migrate from analog to digital signals, to ensure clearer sound and better picture quality and make viewing exciting.
The migration will affect the millions of TV owners who currently do not own digital TV sets.
Ghanaians, after the migration, will need to either acquire integrated digital TVs (IDTVs) or convert their existing analog TV sets using set-up boxes (STB’s) popularly called decoders.
Answering questions from Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Thursday on the subject, Dr. Omane Boamah stated; “it will not be a pro-poor measure to import analog TV sets,” from now on, since those who would purchase the analogue sets would have to spend extra money to purchase a decoder to receive television signals.
Dr. Boamah, who is also the immediate past Deputy Minister for Environment, Science and Technology assured that local investors will be given preferential treatment as far as business opportunities in ICT related areas were concerned.
This he noted, will enable Ghanaian investors to own substantial shares in the telecommunications sector, which he observed, is currently largely dominated by foreign investors.
He said presently, talks are ongoing for the production of Sim Cards and Scratch Cards locally, as a way of creating employment opportunities for the youth.