Edward Omane Boamah, Ghana's communications minister says the nation's analogue transmitters and frequencies will be switched off and moved on to digital next year, 2017.
The move will enable all television broadcasting platforms to switch from broadcasting programmes in analogue transmission to digital.
This was revealed at the Digital Terrestrial Television Public Forum in Accra last weekend where it was learnt that frequencies that will be freed will revert to the National Communications Authority.
Omane Boamah however, urged the public not to dispose off their analogue TV sets.
He said: “All you have to do is to go for approved digital terrestrial set-top boxes in order to enjoy the digital platform.
“Television users in Ghana who do not have a digital terrestrial set-top box will not be able to enjoy their television programmes, since they will not receive signals that transmit to their television set at the September 21, deadline.”
The minister urged the public to exercise caution when purchasing television sets: “not all flat screen televisions are digital and not all digital television sets conform to Ghanaian standards.”
There are many shops claiming to be selling digital flat screen TV sets which will not require set-top boxes to unsuspecting members of the public.
A digital conformance logo, Digital Ghana Thumb which is christened ‘KooDigi’ was launched at the forum.
The logo has a television set on top of a human body, a star in the national colours of red, gold and green with an inscription ‘Koo Digi’ beneath a white and green background.
The new conformance logo was developed to help consumers, retailers and the general public to identify the approved television receivers which conform to the country’s technical specifications, especially as Ghana goes through the switch-over process.