NCA Hosts the Communications Authority of Kenya on a Benchmarking Visit
Accra, November 1, 2022: The National Communications Authority (NCA) on Monday, 31st October, 2022, hosted a five-member delegation from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) for a five-day working visit. The visit, which is led by Jacob Kipkoech, Deputy Director in charge of Expenditure and Treasure Management at CAK, was to understudy the competitive spectrum assignment mechanism and auction in Ghana.
Welcoming the delegation, Dr. Ezer Osei Yeboah-Boateng, Deputy Director General for Technical Operations (NCA), indicated that the Authority is pleased to share knowledge on key regulatory issues particularly in Frequency allocation, Telecoms Licensing regime, and Market dynamics, among other regulatory operations within our sub-region. He further stated that as part of measures to ensure fair competition in Ghana’s communications industry, the installation of a new Broadcast Monitoring System (BMS), which is yet to be launched, is to facilitate the comprehensive monitoring of broadcasting services.
He also said that the establishment of a Communications Monitoring Centre (CMC) also augments existing solutions for quality of service monitoring and provides an enhanced oversight of MNOs’ activities, which complements the Authority’s regulatory mandate.
In his introductory remarks, Mr. Mamady Doubouya, expressed his gratitude for the warm reception given and acknowledged the NCA as having expertise in the field of spectrum management. He further stated that knowledge-sharing is of great importance to Regulators of the Communications Industry for instance this visit to Ghana will inform the Communications Authority of Kenya on policy direction in its spectrum management.
The five (5)-day visit will center on the framework for optimal frequency allocation, the telecoms licensing regime, market dynamics, competitive bidding, and the auction process, among others.
As part of their visit, the delegation will have the opportunity to tour some of the NCA’s regulatory infrastructure, including the Communications Monitoring Centre (CMC), NCA-CERT, and the Type Approval Conformance Laboratories.