Ghana’s Government Emphasizes Commitment To Television White Space Development

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, has reiterated the government’s commitment to the development of Television White Space (TVWS).
The TVWS refers to unused TV channels that are between the active ones in the Very High Frequency (VHF) and UHF spectrum, which can also be installed for broadband services.
 She added that along with this digital migration, the utilisation of solutions like TVWS would allow efficient usage of the scarce spectrum resource in offering commercial wireless services.

Owusu-Ekuful said that capitalising on the more extended coverage ranges that are achievable with Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum, TVWS could then provide wireless communication services to rural areas at a lower installation cost.
She said the migration process from analogue to digital broadcasting had resulted in the release of more digital dividend through the sale of one block in the 800 MegaHertz (MHz) band being utilised for 4G services.

The Ghanaian Minister of Communications made these statements in a speech read on her behalf at a workshop on TVWS, presented by Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), in partnership with Internet Society (ISOC) Ghana.

Owusu-Ekuful mentioned that there was a framework on TVWS, which had been awaiting approval by the Board of the National Communications Authority (NCA). She said that once this was done, the NCA would start issuing licenses for the use of TVWS spectrum for wireless communication services in rural areas.
She said that the Authority had also decided to charge lower spectrum fees for the TVWS spectrum, in an effort to ease licensing costs; and also urged Ghanaian entrepreneurs to prepare and take advantage of opportunities that will be offered by NCA.

The president of ISOC in Ghana, Marcus Adomey said that the workshop provided a chance to engage in the support for more effective and efficient spectrum utilisation for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and the possible furtherance of socio-economic development in the installation of broadband services to boost digital inclusion.

Adomey said that ISOC supports the development of the internet as an international technical infrastructure to enrich people’s lives, and also a force for good in society.

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