Ghana calls for digital dividend harmonisation in Africa
Ghana’s cabinet has approved a policy document and roadmap to complete the country’s digital switchover by 2014.
According to reports in “Modern Ghana online” Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications has said that the government would pursue in earnest, the roll-out of nationwide digital terrestrial television by 2012, adding that the expectation was that the digital switchover would be completed in 2013 ahead of the deadline.
Iddrisu told a three-day workshop on Digital Switchover and Spectrum Harmonisation in Africa organised by Kemilinks International in collaboration with the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Accra that the “digital dividend” afforded many African countries the opportunity to facilitate national development especially in providing leverage in areas as e-health, e-commerce and e-governance. He went on to call on the participants, drawn from 15 African countries including Ghana, to consider practical steps that could be taken to harmonise the use of the digital dividend in the 700MHz band, which had been discussed as part of the Africa common proposals for next year’s World Radio Communication Conference in 2012.
Iddrisu also said that the government had directed the NCA to “show its presence” in all the 10 regions of the country to ensure that customers could have any grievances addressed. He said construction of NCA offices would commence in Tamale, Sekondi-Takoradi in December 2011 while work is expected to begin in Volta and Brong Ahafo Regions in 2012.
Item added: 28th November 2011