The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) entreated governments worldwide to migrate from analogue broadcasting to digital by June 2015.

A number of countries including some African countries have been able to go by that, but Ghana is yet comply.

Even though Ghana is noted as one of the technologically advanced countries in Africa, it has not been able to meet the deadline for the digital migration, which is (June 2015).

The Ministry of Communication in 2015,
signed a contract with K-Net Limited to roll out the DTT project within 12 months. As at October 2016, sixteen sites were completed in four regions, the Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Volta Regions, but then they had to be shut down amid inadequate power supply for transmission.

In the backdrop of this, the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), disclosed that the country will migrate from analogue stage to a digital stage.

According to her, government was very committed to implement a Digital Television Transmission (DTT) in the country.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful, indicated that, the DTT was however under an ICT Infrastructure Development policy which was being reviewed to be incorporated into a finalized documents to be submitted to cabinet for approval, then after be implemented after stakeholder engagements.

She explained that the DTT project was executed in three phases and the first phase was completed in April 2016, where the network platform became operational, and was feeding six sites in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, running about 27 programme channels.

The Minister made the disclosure at the Meet the Press series in Accra, on Thursday 13th December, 2018, at the Ministry of Information.

She noted that, the Ministry of Communications had already completed the provision of dedicated power to thirty-seven (37) Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DDT) sites in eight regions in the country.

She said, the contractors of the project, NEDCO Engineers, KNET Limited, will provide the dedicated power into the transmitters to ensure the availability of digital broadcasting signals in eight regions in the country.

However, she indicated that the other regions and localized channels would be reached soon and rolled out onto the platform.

“International broadcasting companies such as France 24, CNN among other media giants have expressed interest in localizing their content on the DTT platform when the capacity is available and is rolled out,” She revealed.

On the other hand, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said government was working on a law to improve the country’s cybersecurity environment.

She intimated that, the country’s digitization efforts and the introduction of a number of e-services, have exposed the country and its people to many possible cyber attacks and vulnerabilities.

Stating that, the World Bank and Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre of the Oxford University’s assessment on Ghana’s protection of Internet-connected systems from cyber attacks showed that the country has a long way to go.

In line with that, the Ministry in October, 2018, implemented a Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) programme under the theme, “A Safer Digital Ghana” to enlighten Ghanaians on the dangers associated with the use of technology and the need to take cybersecurity issues seriously.

She also indicated that, the Ministry in collaboration with the National Communications Authority and the World Bank had established the National Cyber Security Centre to coordinate cybersecurity activities in government and the private sector, solely for national cybersecurity awareness creation and coordination.

It was due to this that government joined the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection (Malabo Convention) and the Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention), in expectation to enhance Ghana’s cooperation with other countries at the policy, technical and operational levels in dealing with cybercrime and cybersecurity challenges.

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