NCA To Verify Safety Of ICT Devices

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The National Communications Authority (NCA), has indicated it would soon embark on the verification of all Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices to ensure safety in the industry.

According to the NCA, the objective of the exercise which begins this year, is to test and ensure the safety of all ICT devices that are connected to the various networks in the country.

The exercise, according to the management of the Ghana’s telecommunication regulatory agency, is to authenticate the quality of ICT devices on the market, as well as facilitate quality service delivery to customers of communications services.

The NCA explained that, the exercise would support the authority’s research and development activities, and also ensure that, there is no interference in the communication environment of the country.

Director- General of NCA, made the disclosure at the opening of the fourth International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Study Group (SG13) and Regional Workshop for Africa in Accra. It was on the topic “Future Networks for a better Africa: IMT -2020, Trust, Cloud Computing and Big Data’’.

Mr. William Tevie, said the players in the ICT industry in Ghana, have migrated their networks from the traditional circuits –switch based to an all-based platform that deploys database hosting services for cloud computing and big data. This, he said, was implemented in one way or the other by the telecom companies and Internet
Service Providers in the country.

He said, that the NCA in collaboration with the industry players, have adopted a DVB-T2 project as part of the National Digital Video Broadcast standards with the first phase of the project also expected to be rolled out by the end of the first quarter of this year.

He added that, the roll out of the project has already freed up spectrums for the Fourth Generation (4G) spectrum to be provided by a qualified telecommunications company engaged by the NCA.

He said that the New Generation Networks (NGN) involves the world wide move from circuit –switch to packet-based networks thereby reducing the service providers’ CAPEX and OPEX cost in the country.

He explained that Cloud Computing and Big Data are the other major technological evolution of ITU’sSG13 which will develop standards that will detail the requirements and functional architecture of cloud computing ecosystem, covering inter and intra cloud computing technologies.

He told the participants and members from the ITU SG13 led by its Chairman, Mr. Leo Lehmann that Ghana has been at the forefront of the ICT revolution in Africa, and for well over two decades the country has been intensely involved in the work of ITU hence the choice of Ghana as the host of the high level regional workshop.

He maintained that the workshop comes at a time when the NCA is focused on keeping pace with new global technological trends and adapt to telecommunications policies as well as best practice procedures in the quest to becoming a world –class regulator in the sub-region.

Highlighting some of the achievements of NCA, Mr. Tevie said Ghana chairs the ITU Conformity Assessment Steering Committee established under the auspices of SG11 with the mandate to provide ITU views on Conformity and Interoperability Testing to the management and conformity assessment bodies of International Standards Organization.

He added that the NCA is committed to ensuring that it becomes one of the world’s recognized ICT regulators, as contained in its vision and mission statement.

On his part, the Board Chairman of NCA, Mr. Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, revealed that Ghana was fully committed to the ITU standards in the communications industry, for this reason, standards have been developed and would be gazetted to guide the ICT sector in the country.

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