Ghana eyes digital dividend boost to mobile broadband

11 Jul 2012

Ghana’s National Communications Authority, the NCA, plans to free up broadband spectrum by 2015 in a move that could triple mobile broadband capacity in the country. The spectrum would become available once Ghana phases out analogue television and moves to digital television. Director of Spectrum Policy for the GSMA Africa and Middle East Region, Peter Lyons, told journalists at a telecoms workshop held in Accra that the digital dividend could lead to the creation of 930,000 jobs and eleven million mobile broadband connections in Ghana by 2020. He urged the NCA to speed up the migration to digital television, saying that ‘without the release of spectrum in 2015 Ghana would only have seven million mobile broadband connections by 2020’. Director of Regulatory Administration at the NCA, Joshua Peprah, stated that digital migration is on course to be completed by 2014, a year earlier than the global deadline.

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