Government considering TV White Space technology to increase internet accessibility

Government considering TV White Space technology to increase internet accessibility

Communications minister, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has re-echoed government’s readiness to embrace TV White Space (TVWS) technology in Ghana as part of its commitment to ensuring digital transformation.

The new technology, which is expected to make internet connectivity accessible in every part of the country, would improve the quality of life and services.

The TVWS technology makes use of unused TV channels between the active ones in the very high frequency (VHF) and ultra high frequency (UHF) spectrum by deploying them for broadband services.

In a speech read on her behalf by her deputy, Mr Vincent Odotei Sowah, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said “there is the need for more solutions to connect the unconnected and the underserved in Ghana is of utmost to this administration. This initiative of providing this avenue to connect the unconnected with the TVWS is very commendable.”

The workshop, which was organised by the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), in close partnership with the Ghana chapter of the Internet Society (ISOC-Ghana) was under the theme; “TV White Space: a catalyst towards a digital Ghana.”

In relation to the development, Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo; Board Chairman of the National Communications Authority (NCA), announced that a draft framework to regulate operations of the TVWS technology had been prepared, pending approval.

“A TV White Space regulatory framework was subsequently drafted, public consultations were carried out followed by a workshop to discuss the outcome of the consultation.” – Kwaku Sakyi-Addo

Speaking further, he added that “the inputs which were received during the consultations and these workshops were used to finalise the draft regulatory framework which has since been forwarded to the NCA management and subsequently to the board which I am chair for consideration and possible approval.”

Mr Sakyi-Addo said the new technology would cater for the Internet access needs of all, connect the unconnected and underserved communities at a reasonable cost.

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