The National Communications Authority (NCA) has commenced the first-ever training programme on Conformance and Interoperability Testing for members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) within the African Region.
The training programme is designed to build capacity for Regulators on regulatory framework and practical Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), Radio Frequency (RF), and Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) tests, as well as facilitate the creation of basic lab facilities.
Conformance testing is to determine whether an electronic communications equipment meets specific standards, while Interoperability testing measures if two or more equipment can work with each other.
The training programme, which is being co-sponsored by the ITU, drew participants from over ten (10) English-speaking countries – including Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and South Sudan.
- Anokye welcoming participants to the training programme
The Director General of the NCA, Mr. Joe Anokye, in his welcome address noted the importance of the training as being vital in the work of telecom regulation. He pointed out that investing in new-age and state of the art regulatory tools to check compliance and ensure consumer protection is a conscious effort on the part of Regulators to enhance regulatory practices.
Mr. Anokye outlined other regulatory areas the Authority has invested into to make it a smart regulator. These include the Automated Broadcast Monitoring System, Network Monitoring System, NCA Computer Emergency Response Team System, and the Voice/Data Quality of Service Monitoring System.
In her response, Ms. Chali Tumelo – a representative from the ITU Regional Office for Africa, said due to the importance of conformance and interoperability testing in the global telecommunication landscape, the ITU supports efforts of member-states by implementing capacity building programmes on that subject matter.
She expressed her excitement with NCA’s establishment, as it shows that the ITU’s efforts have yielded results. Ms. Tumelo stated that the African Region’s training programmes had always been organised in Tunisia, and that Ghana’s foray into Conformance and Interoperability Testing has come at the right time to help the ITU support other member-states in this area.
She encouraged other African countries to follow in Ghana’s footsteps. This, she said, will support ITU’s objective of establishing Conformance and Interoperability labs in Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa.
The NCA launched its Type Approval Laboratories in July 2018. Following that, the Authority was approached by the ITU to use the said laboratories as a testing and training hub for other ITU member-countries in Africa.