Kapeya in Ghana for digital migration

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—Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister, Mwansa Kapeya, has arrived in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Mr Kapeya was received at Katoka International Airport last night at about 23.25 hours Zambian time by Zambian Embassy staff in that country.

Mr Kapeya is in Ghana leading a team of Zambian experts on digital migration.

The team will, among others things, pay a courtesy call on the Ghanaian Minister of Information and Media Relations today before interacting with officials from the National Communication Authority to get first-hand information on digital migration policy formulation and regulation and licensing regime.

The team will also learn about how Ghana has successfully managed to deal with the issue of cross ownership and signal distribution.

The Zambian team will also undertake field visits which will include the GO-TV transmitter sites, National Film and Television Institute and other facilities.

Ghana is one of the countries that have managed to migrate all existing analogue broadcasting equipment to digital.

The migration started with the national broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

Digitization of broadcasting is the application of digital techniques to encode audio and video signals and transmit digital data rather than analogue waveforms on networks to consumers.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has set June 17, 2015 as a deadline for all the countries to switch off analogue and migrate to digital terrestrial television broadcasting platform.

This will be in conformity with the provisions of the Geneva 2006 digital television broadcasting plan.