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Digital Ghana | Government of Ghana Adopts DVB-T2 as the Transmission Standard For Digital Terrestrial Television

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The terrestrial television stations: GTV, TV3, TV Africa, Crystal TV, Metro TV, Viasat1, Net-2 TV, e-TV Ghana, Coastal TV, GhOne, Top TV and all other stations with similar licenses will migrate their transmissions from analogue to a digital platform in accordance with the Geneva 2006 (GE06) Agreement of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

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.

The Government of Ghana has accepted the recommendations of the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC) to adopt the second generation DVB standard, ETSIEN 302 755, popularly called, DVB-T2 for digital terrestrial television in Ghana.It offers the flexibility of transmitting high definition (HD), standard definition (SD) and mobile television channels on the same transmission network.

The Ministry of Communications therefore announces for the information of the general public that the standards accepted for digital television in Ghana are as follows:

1.      Transmission standard  - DVB-T2

2.      Compression technology – Advanced Video Coding (AVC)/MPEG-4 (part 10) and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC)

3.      Application Programming Interface (API) for additional and interactive services - MHEG-5


Viewers with existing analogue TV setscan receive digital signals by attaching a set-top box (STB) to their TV sets.It is expected that the roll-out of a nationwide DTT network on the DVB-T2 standard shall commence in 2012.

All vendors and equipment suppliers are directed to immediately cease the importation of DTT set-top boxes (STBs) and/or decoders until further notice. The Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the DBMC, the National Communications Authority (NCA), the Ghana Standards Board (GSB) and the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) are developing modalities for the establishment of a conformance regime to ensure that all DTT receivers sold in Ghana conform to the national standard. The modalities would be published in due course.

Existing DVB-T transmissions shall continue until analogue switch-off.

For further enquiries contact:

The DBMC Secretariat

National Communications Authority (NCA) Premises

1st Rangoon Close, Cantonments, Accra

Tel.:     +233(0) 30 2776621 / +233 (0) 30 2771701

Fax: +233 (0) 302763449