The construction of a first class laboratory for the National Communications Authority (NCA) for the testing of electronic communications equipment has been completed.
The essence of the laboratory is to improve Information and Communications Technology (ICT) standardization space in the country, particularly for market surveillance activities in the West African sub-region.
The laboratory structure, which is yet to be launched, is expected to address public concerns regarding the health and safety of consumers in relation to technical equipment imported into the country.
Mr Joe Anokye, Director-General, NCA, announced these in an address delivered on his behalf at the opening of the maiden edition of Stakeholder Sensitization Workshops on Dealership Licensing and Equipment Authorization in Accra, last week.
It was the first of a series of workshops nationwide, beginning from Accra, by NCA, to educate and sensitize dealers, manufacturers and importers in Electronic Communication Equipment (ECE).
Mr Anokye said the NCA understood the pervasive nature of ICT and the power of technology in transforming the telecommunications industry, and that the NCA was positioning itself to lead the way in equipment testing and standardization in the sub-region.
“We also appreciate the fact that technology plays a catalytic role in creating opportunities for people in all walks of life. Ghana’s involvement in ITU-T standardization work has always been commendable with rapid developments in the IMT 2020(5G) network space.
“As the world migrates to the 5G space, we, as stakeholders in the value chain, must ensure that these technologies are used responsibly and with caution in order to avoid accidents, injury and to safeguard our critical national infrastructure interest as well as our hard earned investments,” he added.
Mr Anokye noted that standards were essential for international communications and global trade, and for companies from emerging markets, and that they created a level playing field, and provided equal access to markets.
He said standards were also fundamental in assisting developing countries in rolling out infrastructure and encouraging levels of social and economic development.
He, therefore, urged all stakeholders to collaborate with NCA to promote the use of safe interfaces, especially of network, terminal and frequency dependent devices that connected one way or the other to the Public Switch Telecom Networks (PSTNs).
In a presentation, Mr Robert Apaya, a legal practitioner, highlighted practices such as causing radio interference, assembling equipment, and the provision of service not specified in the Service Providers’ License, among others, as offenses for which the court of law had the power and authority to prosecute the victim as well as confisticate the equipment involved.
In another presentation, Mr Isaac Boateng of the Regulation Administration Division, emphasized on Type Approval, otherwise known as Equipment Authorization, explaining that Type Approval required dealers and manufacturers to have relevant documentation to prove to the NCA that their Electronic Communications Equipment intended for the Ghanaian market met minimum regulatory requirements.
On Dealership License, Mr Roland Kudozia said the license was a permit granted by the NCA to anyone or any organization who wanted to import technical devices, adding that Dealership License was not the same as Type Approval.
Source: ISD (Mabel D. Awuku & Patience Ampomah)