'NCA To Withdraw Licenses Of Dormant Frequencies'

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Communications on Monday said government would continue to ensure that the frequency spectrum, which was a scarce national resource, was efficiently managed by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to ensure sanity. He said policy directive had, however, been given for the NCA to withdraw all frequency and spectrum allocations that had been assigned and had not been in use for the last three years to revert to the State for re-allocation. Mr Iddrisu who was addressing the Ministry’s turn at the Meet-the- Press series in Accra, said the action to revoke licenses of unutilized frequencies was to re-allocate them for profitable services to cover underserved communities in the country. He explained that some individuals had applied for the frequencies and were not using them while a lot of applications were pending, saying “I am sure this will not be good news for those who are not using their frequencies but we have to take this hard decision for those who need them to benefit”. Mr Iddrisu announced that Cabinet had approved the road map and standards for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, which some seven companies submitted their proposals to participate in the biding process for the provision of the Digital Terrestrial Television Network nationwide. He said government had adopted the second Generation Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard popularly called DVB-T2 for digital terrestrial television in Ghana, which had the advantage of offering the needed flexibility of transmitting high definition (HD), standard definition (SD) and mobile television channels on the same transmission network.