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COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER: RADIO FREQUENCY ALLOCATION MUST BENEFIT PUBLIC

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The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says radio frequency, being the bedrock on which all communication rides, should be handled prudently in order to maximize its benefits to the citizenry.

The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says radio frequency, being the bedrock on which all communication rides, should be handled prudently in order to maximize its benefits to the citizenry.

 

"As regulators, there is the need for you to be constantly proactive in the industry, in that it is with such collaborative meetings, that you will be able to identify areas within the sector, where focus will need to be intensified,” Ursula Owusu-Ekuful stated.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful's statement was read on her behalf by the deputy Minister for Communications, George Nenyi Andah, at the 2nd Preparatory Meeting for the World Radio Communication Conference 2019 yesterday.

Ghana's Communications Minister told the regulators that the society requires instant connectivity, not only for the people but in connecting people to things and machines which has brought about discussions on how the intelligence of mankind is increasingly complemented by Artificial Intelligence.

She stressed that the world had become a global community wherein big-data-driven autonomy is the emerging reality.

According to her, this is an indication that there is a need for the regulators to upscale the utility of wireless resources to help ensure that the digital divide is urgently closed and, above all, ensure that no one is left behind in the global transition to a fully-fledged information and knowledge society.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful charged the participants who are also regulators from their respective origins to ensure that needful policies are implemented to facilitate the use of spectrum judiciously.

She reminded the regulators that as they discuss the WRC-19 Agenda Items, they should focus on the region's joint goals by dwelling on the five key areas which include the provision of additional frequencies to meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband communications and regulatory conditions for the operation Earth Stations in Motions (EIMs),

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful used the occasion to thank the private sector partners, especially GSMA, and private sector participants for their commitment and resilience to support the sub-region achieve a unified ECOWAS common position.