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ECOWAS to develop common receiver standard for DTT

30 August 2013, 15:08

Accra - Ghana's National Communications Authority (NCA), in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has held a workshop to develop a common receiver standard for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) for the subregion.

The workshop, which opened in Accra today, is being attended by over 88 participants from the ECOWAS subregion. It is made up of regulators, ministerial policy experts, broadcasters and consultants from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Welcoming participants and opening the workshop, Paarock Van Percy, the director general of NCA assured members that given the importance of digital migration in the subregion, it is important that every effort be made and supported to ensure that the switchover is made as simple as possible with very little disturbance to consumers.

He touched on the milestones Ghana had achieved and said that the NCA was ready to share its experiences with other ECOWAS members for a common purpose.

Van Percy urged participants to contribute towards the development of draft recommendations would be submitted to the ECOWAS Ministerial Conference to be held later this year in Gambia and for further consideration by their governments.

Reading a speech on behalf of the ECOWAS Commission President, President Kadré Desiré Ouedraogo, Mr. David Kamara, Director for Transport and Communications at ECOWAS, said, “the harmonisation of minimum technical specifications would benefit from economies of scale in the production of DTT receivers, which harmonization is consistent with the mission of ECOWAS”.

He urged participants to take into account the needs of users including people with disabilities.

- CAJ News


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