Ghana is unlikely to make the previously announced 17 June 2015 deadline for the switchover of analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television (DTT), the National Communications Authority (NCA) has confirmed. Speaking at the opening of an international stakeholders’ meeting, the regulator’s director Henry Kanor commented: ‘We are in March. There’s no way we can beat this deadline.’ Financial constraints have been cited as one of the key reasons behind the delay, and the NCA has yet to reveal a new timeline for the switchover’s completion.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the digital migration process deadline was originally scheduled for completion in November 2011, in line with a Cabinet decision taken in 2007, but was subsequently pushed back to 1 December 2013 and then 17 June 2015 (the International Telecommunication Union’s [ITU’s] deadline for analogue switch-off). As of 17 June, the ITU will no longer protect countries from cross-border radio spectrum interference from those nations that have completed their migration projects on time.