Ghana today missed out on meeting the international deadline set for the official switch from analogue to Digital Television Broadcasting.

A requirement by the International Telecommunications Union, Ghana was to switch from analogue to digital, a process that has been the subject of intense stakeholder deliberations.

Digital migration involves shifting broadcasters from analogue to digital signals and the process is key for opening up more frequencies and faster mobile broadband services.

In 2006, Ghana and other countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East committed to meeting an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) deadline to switch over to digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcasting on June 17 2015. The ITU is a specialist agency tasked by the United Nations to focus on information and communication technologies.

Other countries listed by the ITU as having failed to start their digital migration process include Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone and Turkey.

Namibia and Turkey were later reported to have begun their digital migration processes.