Ghana’s Candidate for Election to the Radio Regulations Board
Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko
The Radio Regulations Board (RRB) has been set up by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to perform the following functions:
- Approve Rules of Procedure, used by the Radiocommunication Bureau in applying the provisions of the Radio Regulations and registering frequency assignments made by the Member States;
- Address matters referred by the Bureau which cannot be resolved through application of the Radio Regulations and Rules of Procedure;
- Consider reports of unresolved interference investigations carried out by the Bureau at the request of one or more administrations and formulate Recommendations;
- Provide advice to Radiocommunication Conferences and the Radiocommunication Assemblies;
- Consider appeals against decisions made by the Radiocommunication Bureau regarding frequency assignments;
- Perform any additional duties prescribed by a competent conference or by the Council.
The RRB consists of 12 seats, with the Africa Region D entitled to three of them.
Ghana’s Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko is counting on your vote to serve on the RRB for the next four years.
The Radio Regulations Board (RRB) is one of the key bodies in the ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) with the responsibility to support the fair application of the Radio Regulations, make recommendations on investigations of harmful interference between administrations, consider appeals against decisions made by the Radiocommunication Bureau regarding frequency assignments, among others. To effectively achieve its mandate, members of the RRB are required to be fair, firm, open minded, ethical and meticulous with a depth of experience in spectrum management and sufficient familiarity with the geographic, economic and demographic conditions within a particular ITU region.
I have garnered almost two decades of experience in frequency management at the national, regional and international level. My involvement with spectrum management activities within Africa and the Commonwealth has given me vast exposure to the geographic, economic and demographic conditions of Africa. My experience in competition regulation, dispute resolution, cross border frequency coordination and harmful interference resolution has armed me with the values of fairness, transparency and systematic problem solving. I believe that the experience and attributes I have developed over the years will very well serve towards the effective attainment of the objectives and statutory mandate of the RRB and I therefore offer myself as a candidate for election to the Board.
If elected to the RRB, I will support the enhancement of transparency and efficiency of the RRB’s working methods through diligent, ethical, fair and transparent interpretation and application of the Radio Regulations with fidelity to the ITU Constitution, the Covention and the decisions of the World Radiocommunications Conferences. I will work collaboratively with other members to uphold the trust of all Member States in discharging the functions of the RRB.
International Spectrum Management Experience
B. ITU Activities
1. Plenipotentiary Conference
2. World Radiocommunication Conferences
3. Regional Radiocommunication Communication Conferences
4. ITU-R Study Group Activities
5. Telecom World
C. ATU, ECOWAS and Other Activities in Africa
D. Commonwealth Activities
E. Other Training Programmes and Workshops
CV of Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko
He began his professional career as a Frequency Management Officer in 2004 with the communications regulator in Ghana, the National Communications Authority (NCA). Edmund is currently the Acting Director of the Engineering Division which has responsibility for all frequency spectrum management activities in Ghana including planning, licensing, monitoring and enforcement. He initiated and provided leadership for the automation of the NCA’s spectrum management processes to improve efficiency, accuracy, transparency and convenience to users of the RF spectrum in Ghana. He has led key national projects in the telecommunications sector in Ghana including:
• Implementation of Location Based System (LBS) for Phone Calls & SMS to the National Emergency Number 112.
• Determination and implementation of Significant Market Power measures in the Mobile Sector from April 2020 to date.
• Establishment of the Common Monitoring Platform for monitoring of Government Revenues in the Telecom Sector from January 2018 to June 2020.
• Transition from Analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television in Ghana on which project he served as Secretary and Technical Advisor to the national committee from 2010 to 2017.
• Coordination of various spectrum licensing projects from 2008 to 2020 including the 6th mobile licence and licences in the 800MHz, 2600MHz, etc.
Educational / Professional Qualifications
Edmund Fianko obtained his first degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana and a Master’s degree in Communications Management from the Buckinghamshire (Bucks) New University, England. He is a member of the Ghana Institute of Engineers (GhIE) and a Member of the Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE).