Gambia migrating towards digital television broadcasting

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Digital Gambia Limited (DGL), the public signal distributor for terrestrial television (DTT) and its partner EXCAF-Gambia telecom recently briefed journalists on the various aspects involved in the migration from analogue to digital television broadcasting by 2020.

Held at the Kairaba beach hotel, the press briefing followed a three-day workshop that educated and enlightened staff of GRTS on the digital migration.

The migration from analogue to digital broadcasting 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.

Kanteh Faly, managing director of EXCAF-Gambia said the project requires high technicality and proper sensitisation throughout the country.

He added that the transfer will bring quality television broadcasting to Gambians that meets international standards. “The migration will lead to the release of some valuable spectrum currently used for analogue television broadcasting for the provision of mobile broadband services. Television stations will just be focused on content production whereas DGL and EXCAF will be on broadcasting.”

Abdou Touray, GRTS director general said analogue television broadcasting will be out of the system by 2020 with Gambia joining the rest of West Africa to become a success story.

He announced that the national broadcaster is going to introduce more programmes that will include entertainment, religion and sports. “When this migration take place, one will not need to buy a new television set he already has an analogue television. With an existing analogue TV set, one only needs to buy an approved set top box (decoder) that complies with Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receiver standard.”

Author: Emmanuel Adomako