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NCA COMMISSIONS TYPE APPROVAL LABORATORIES

The National Communication’s Authority (NCA) has commissioned a State-of-the-Art Approval Laboratories for testing electronic communications equipment manufactured and imported into the country.

 

The Type Approval Laboratory which is the first of its kind in Africa will determine the technical requirements of communication equipment by ensuring that no substandard equipment which may present health and safety hazards to users are allowed in Ghana.

 

The initiative is aimed at improving the ICT standardization space, particularly in conformance with law to ensure safety and electromagnetic compatibility and market surveillance activities in Ghana, West Africa and the African sub-region at large.

 

The Laboratory is made up of four components—Specific Absorption Rate Measuring (SAR) which  measures the amount of radiation received by communications equipment such as wireless routers laptops as mobile phones and walking talking, among others; Radio Frequency and Signalling Lab (RFL) which  measures the technical requirement necessary for implementing wireless protocols such as Wireless LANs Bluetooth and other hand mobile issues; Electronic Flow Strength (EMF) Lab, which measures the radiations of telecommunications-based stations, televisions and FM transition sites; and the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Lab which will be used to test the various requirements needed as Ghana gears out for full DTT rollout to enable it migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.

 

In an address at the commissioning of the Laboratory in Accra, yesterday, the Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said it was the duty of the NCA to ensure that all electronic communications equipment imported or manufactured in Ghana were used in compliance with minimum health and safety standards.

 

Hon. Owusu-Ekuful, stressed the need to ensure standard specified and approve by the NCA are achieved in order for NCA to become a world class regulator and pledged  government’s commitment to working closing with the ITU  and its member states in the sub-regions to ensure that the laboratory  was efficiently used for the right purpose.

 

She disclosed that the NCA had established a Computer Emergency Response Centre and that NCA would work with ITU to ensure the effective performance of the Centre in the harmonization of standards, adding that with the Centre in place, Ghana would lead the way in the equipment testing.

 

In his remarks, Mr Brahima Sanou, Director, BDT, ITU noted that the activities of both International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and ITU had generated growing interest in African countries, and that member states were interested in building capacities related to ITU performance and inter-operability programme around the three key pillars namely conformity assessment, capacity building and establishment of national regional centre.

 

In a welcome address, Mr Kofi Datsa, Director, Regulatory Administration of the NCA, noted that in the past, electronic equipment imported were accessed by the documents they came with, but with the Laboratories, it was now possible to verify the validity of those documents.

 

Mr Datsa said the NCA had trained a number of its personnel to man the laboratories.

 

Source: ISD (Solace Esi Amankwa & Juliana B. Akyea)