Digital Migration Mahama to distribute free digi-box to the poor

Dr. Boamah said this is part of efforts to ensure migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country.

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The Minister of Communications Dr. Omane Boamah has said government will provide funds to buy digital TV boxes for distribution to poor households as part of Ghana’s digital migration efforts

Announcing this new pro-poor policy in parliament, Dr. Boamah said this is part of efforts to ensure migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country.

Contributing to debates on the 2016 budget, Dr. Boamah said “under President John Dramani Mahama, the migration is taking place and by the middle of 2016, we would have completed the migration process.”

“In terms of the distribution of the satellite boxes, government will make an intervention because as a social democratic government, we believe that the international agreement that is saying that we should migrate from analogue to the digital broadcasting must also be sensitive to the plight of the have-nots. And it is not everyone who can change the television receiving sense from analogue to digital," Dr. Boamah said.

“As a result of that, government will procure some setup boxes and ensure that it distributes them to the have-nots and this is something that we promise transparency and equitable distribution,” he added.

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