No agreement with StarTimes to manage DTT platform - George Andah

By Mutala Yakubu
Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah
Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah

Deputy Minister of Communications, Mr George Andah has dismissed suggestion by the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) that the government has signed an agreement to hand over the management of the country’s national Digital Television Transmission (DTT) platform to StarTimes of China.

Andah explained that StarTimes' transmission was separate from the digital terrestrial television transmission.

He said the government had rather agreed to an arrangement in which the Chinese government, through StarTimes, was rolling up a programme to enhance digital viewing experience in 300 communities in the country. He made this revelation on Joy FM to some issues raised by (GIBA) in respect of Ghana's digital migration for Television broadcast.

GIBA last Monday announced: “If StarTimes is allowed to control Ghana’s digital transmission infrastructure and the satellite space in the name of digital migration, Ghana would have virtually submitted its broadcast space to Chinese control and content.”

GIBA further indicated that it was disturbing to have the only free-to-air digital broadcasting platform, which is the medium for the dissemination of information to the public and operations of mass media in the digital domain, to be controlled by an individual entity whose current business in the country was pay TV broadcasting and was already distributing licensed controlled conditional access decoders and digital television sets across the country in aid of its commercial business.

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