The minister of Communication Ursula Owusu-Ekuful declared that Ghana may consider extending the deadline for completion of its digital migration program due to challenges in compliance. According to her, certain developments in the industry may put a strain on government’s financing of the supporting infrastructure for smooth take-off the digital migration.
“The original funding proposal for this whole project was the sale of the 4G spectrum but we have been able to sell only one, leaving a funding gap to enable us to provide the power for the masts and other essential needs,” the ministerial nominee told the Parliament’s appointments committee.
Ghana has already missed the June 2016 deadline for the migration from analogue to digital television platform and has therefore fixed a September 21 deadline for the migration. Government has been distributing free digital set-top boxes to people within the low-income brackets in order not to leave any fragment of the population behind in the digital migration.
The minister-designate stressed: “It is important that we stick to the essentials first before we consider the other measures. Subsequent to that, we can look for additional funding for the distribution of the set-top boxes which will enable those who have analogue TV sets watch the new digital technology.”