The Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has urged telecom regulators in West Africa to actively pursue proactive policies in the management of radio spectrum in order to ensure citizens make the most of the resource.
The minister in a speech read on her behalf at the 2nd West African Telecommunication Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) in Accra said is the role of a regulator, to ensure that reflective and needful policies are formulated and implemented to facilitate the use of spectrum judiciously as this will have to support the provision of efficient health delivery, access to education, scientific and technical advancement.
The speech read by Deputy Communications Minister, George Andah, stated that: “Policies are what makes or breaks a sector in a country, in this regard, your work as regulators, especially during such meeting can only be encouraged and supported as your load is heavy.
As regulators, there is the need for you to be constantly proactive in the industry, in that it is with such collaborative meetings, that you will be able to identify areas within the sector, where focus will need to be intensified, and there is the important an area of operation that will need much attention being the management of our region’s frequency resource.
Radio Frequency being the bedrock on which all our communication rides should be handled prudently in order to maximise its benefit to our citizenry.”
According to the Minister at the meeting attended by various heads and dignitaries from telecom regulators in the sub-region, today’s society requires instant connectivity, not only for people but in connecting people to things and machines-to-machines which has brought about discussions on how the intelligence of mankind is increasingly complemented by Artificial Intelligence, Cloud computing and the Internet of things.
Mr. Andah further touted some achievement government has made in the broadcasting band space. “We have worked assiduously and have established a nationwide Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network that would provide coverage to at least 95% of the population of Ghana. The Network carries at least forty (40) standard definition (SD) television programme channels in digital format and twenty (20) Radio on DTT Multiplexer.
We have also established conformance and Type Approval Laboratory for Telecommunication equipment and Broadcasting Receivers that are being imported into the country,” he added.
Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joe Anokye, speaking at the opening ceremony of the event also mentioned that radio frequency spectrum and orbital resources expand the impact and effect of connection within the global community through virtual space as well as provide platforms for continuously emerging digital economies.
“This preparatory meeting will therefore seek to address the radio spectrum needs through the attainment of a common position for the ECOWAS sub-region, and outcomes from this meeting will play a contributory role in deliberations at the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference next year in Cairo, Egypt,” he added.