Ghana adopts DVB-T2 for digital terrestrial television

Regulation & Policy

At the end of September 2011, NCA announced that the Government of Ghana has accepted the recommendations of the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC) to adopt the second generation Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard, ETSIEN 302 755, popularly called, DVB-T2 for digital terrestrial television in Ghana. 

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).

The Ministry of Communications confirmed 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 DVB-Tset-top boxes (STBs) and/or decoders. All importation and/or local assembly of DTT set-top boxes must henceforth comply with the national standards. In accordance with Section 3(n) of the National Communications Authority Act, 2008, Act 769 and Section 66 of the Electronic Communications Act, 2008, Act 775, vendors and equipment suppliers are advised to seek type approval of their DTT receivers from the National Communications Authority.