Television dealers in the country are waiting for the National Communications Authority for the Digital Video Broadcast Transmission 2 (DVB-T2) Approved Receiver Specification before rolling-out the needed television sets.
“The migration committee is still working to roll-out the Digital Video Broadcast Transmission 2 (DVB-T2) Approved Receiver Specification before we can start rolling-out the needed TV sets,” Frank Atta-Owusu, Senior Manager, Samsung Electronics, WA, said in an interview.
“TV sets with T1 specification will be made redundant when the country finally migrates to the T2 specifications; and even those with the T2 can be affected if the TV sets are not provided with the approved specification from the NCA,” he added.
“As a leading consumer electronics brand locally, we (Samsung) are well aware of the need for consumers to have access to the very best. We have waited till date to release our Digital Television (DTV) range because we have been waiting for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB-T2).
“There is a need for public education to inform the consuming public in Ghana about future implications of buying obsolete standards such as DVB-T.
This is important to protect the unsuspecting public from buying obsolete standards that cannot be used when Ghana fully migrates from Analogue to Digital.”
He added that Samsung will in the near-future unleash onto the market its Digital Television product line. “The public should look out for our DVTV product lines at our authorised dealer outlets in the coming months.”
Ghana’s Cabinet has approved policies and a roadmap to switch to digital TV by 2014. However, the government is optimistic that it can complete the switch ahead of schedule. The Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, said government will begin a concerted campaign to start rolling-out Digital terrestrial TV nationwide next year.
He said it is expected that the switchover to digital TV can be completed by 2013. This will free-up spectrum, which will create further investments in mobile broadband infrastructure, improvements in quality of service and wider and cheaper access to services.
Peter Lyons, Director, Middle East and Africa, GSMA, said: “We urge the Ghanaian government to push hard on the analogue to digital switchover and provide a leading example for other countries in the region to meet the 2015 deadline.
“Freeing up vital ‘digital dividend’ spectrum for mobile will have a significant impact on the country -- it will result in GH¢1.4billion in additional GDP, help create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and generate GH¢198 million in additional tax revenues for the government by 2020.”
Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) is a suite of internationally accepted open standards for digital television. DVB-T2 is an abbreviation for Digital Video Broadcasting -- Second Generation Terrestrial; it is the extension of the television standard DVB-T devised for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial television.
Digital broadcasting uses frequency more efficiently and produces better quality video and audio than analogue broadcasting.
Several television stations can be carried on the same frequency bandwidth that carries only one analogue TV station. The result is a brighter, sharper picture image with much better sound quality and a lot more choice of programmes.