What You Need to Know about Digital Terrestial Migration

 Ghana will be finally migrating from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting by march 2016.This has been the news moving on the airwaves for some time now and Ghanaians are still wondering how ‘big a deal’ this migration is suppose to be.

People are asking questions that include what the migration from analogue means; why the migration is happening, when the migration will take place, how it would affect the individual, why the need for the migration as well as if the migration has taken place anywhere in the world.

All these questions surely have answers that would put the average Ghanaian’s mind to rest and prove to them that, the Digital Migration is surely a ‘big deal’ for Ghana to enable broadcasters to offer more programmes, services, improve quality as well as improve spectrum and energy efficiencies.

In analogue broadcasting, the signal is in the form of a continuous wave, where as digital is in the form discrete bits of information. In addition the digital signal is encoded and can be compressed to allow for more channels to be broadcast.

For Ghana not to be left out in this change, she is suppose to migrate to ensure that broadcasting services are protected from interference from neighboring countries; provide improved services and to bring great benefits of digital broadcasting to Ghanaian television viewers and broadcasters.

Also Ghana’s migration would lead to the release of some valuable spectrum currently used for analogue television broadcasting for the provision of mobile broadband services.

Now, the migration from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting simply refers to the process in which television services operating on analogue networks are transferred to digital based transmission networks over a period of time in which at the end of the process, the analogue transmitters are switched off.