Rev. Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko

Director, Engineering

Rev. Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko

Rev. Ing. Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko is an electronic communications engineer with depth of experience in radio frequency spectrum management, telecom and broadcasting regulation, policy formulation, change management, ICT industry research, writing, publishing, teaching and public speaking. He has been actively involved  in the electronic communications regulatory environment in Ghana and within the Africa region over the last twenty (20) years.

In 2022, he was elected to the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) by Member countries of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to serve the global radiocommunications community for a four year term (2023-2026).

He was appointed Acting Head of the Engineering Division of the National Communications Authority on 2nd June, 2021 and as Director, Engineering in January, 2024.

As the Director of the Engineering Division, he is charged with the responsibility of leading a team of engineers and other professionals to plan, administer, manage, licence and monitor the radio frequency spectrum for telecommunications and broadcasting services in Ghana. He has additional responsibility as the Chairman of the Significant Market Power (SMP) Operations Team.

He started his career with the NCA as a National Service Person in 2004 and was thereafter engaged as a Frequency Management Officer. He has since served the Authority diligently, rising through the ranks to become Director of the Engineering Division.  Over the period, he has served as a Chairman or  Member of several Technical and Regulatory Committees which formulated standards / guidelines /procedures for industry regulation and made far reaching recommendations which have impacted the strategic direction of the Authority to date. For over eight (8) years  Edmund served as the Recorder for the Technical/Operations Sub-Committee of the NCA Board of Directors.

At the international front, he chaired the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) Task Group on Development of Spectrum Recommendations for Rural Connectivity and a member of the Technical Committee of the ITU Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA). He is also a Board Member of the Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RASCOM). He previously advised the Administrations of Benin and the Gambia on Digital Broadcasting and LTE licensing respectively. He also served as a Consultant/Resource person to the ECOWAS Commission on Broadcasting and Spectrum Management on multiple occasions. 

As Secretary to the Digital Broadcasting Migration Committee (DBMC) from 2010 to 2016, he coordinated the work of a multi-stakeholder national body to formulate and implement policy on the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. He initiated several interventions in the transition process including the development of minimum specifications for DTT receivers which were adopted as an ECOWAS specification in 2013.

He played a key coordinating role in major licensing processes in Ghana including the 6th Mobile Licence in 2008, the Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) Licences in the 2600MHz band in 2010 & 2012 and the 800 MHz spectrum licences in 2015 & 2018/19, etc. 

Edmund has served as a speaker or facilitator for various telecom/spectrum management/broadcasting conferences and workshops organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), WorldDAB, Southern Africa Digital Broadcasting Association (SADIBA), Multichoice Africa, West African Telecom Regulators’ Association (WATRA), African Communications Regulators Network (ACRAN) for Anglophone Countries, Kemilinks International and the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Edmund obtained his first degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Masters in Communications Management degree from the Buckinghamshire (Bucks) New University, England. He also holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Applied Business Leadership and Management from the Universidad Catolica De Murcia (UCAM), Spain.

He is a member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) and a Member of the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Edmund is a Minister of the Methodist Church Ghana, a published author and the founding leader of the evangelistic outreach ministry, Nkwa.Life.