Minister hints at spectrum grab to reallocate dormant frequencies

4 Oct 2011

Ghana News Agency cites the Minister of Communications Haruna Iddrisu as saying the government will continue its efforts to best utilise precious radio frequency spectrum in the country, and to manage and optimise it correctly to ‘ensure sanity’. To that end the ministry has given the National Communications Authority (NCA) a policy directive to revoke any assigned frequencies that have lain dormant for the last three years and reallocate them. Mr Iddrisu said the decision to withdraw unused spectrum would allow the state to reassign them to other operators which could offer services in underserved parts of Ghana. The minister admitted this was not good news for those firms not using their spectrum, but said the government needed to adopt a tough stance for the benefit of all.