The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has initiated the trial phase of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in the country, marking a significant step towards modernizing radio broadcasting. This move positions Ghana as a trailblazer in West Africa and the fourth country in Africa to adopt this cutting-edge technology.
Enhancing Radio Reach and Quality
DAB technology offers radio stations the opportunity to extend their coverage beyond their immediate locales, enabling them to connect with a broader audience base. This innovation enhances the quality of audio transmission and opens avenues for value-added services, contributing to an enriched listening experience.
Trial Scope and Partners
The trial phase of DAB will commence with the participation of 11 radio stations in Accra, including prominent names like Citi FM. Additionally, 7 stations in Kumasi will join the trial, collectively demonstrating the versatility and potential of this technology.
Reshaping Radio Landscape
Joe Anokye, the Director General of the National Communications Authority, underscored the transformative potential of DAB for radio broadcasting in Ghana. He explained, “DAB provides good quality audio, supports the provision of value-added services and spectrum efficiency. With concerns about coverage restrictions for FM stations, we will be testing the possibility of extending coverage. Stations in Accra will extend their coverage to Kumasi and vice versa.”
Government’s Commitment to Digital Innovation
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, highlighted the government’s unwavering commitment to embracing digital innovation. She emphasized the pivotal role that technology plays in bridging the digital divide and ensuring digital inclusion across various sectors of the economy.
Economic Benefits and Efficiency
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Minister for Information, highlighted the economic advantages of DAB adoption. He noted that the operational costs associated with traditional FM stations could be reduced through this technology, fostering efficiency and resource optimization. Nkrumah also expressed optimism that DAB would inspire the creation of content that drives societal growth and attracts increased investment, leading to expanded job opportunities.
To receive DAB signals, individuals will require DAB+ compatible receivers or radios, such as standalone DAB radios, DAB+ enabled car stereos, and select smartphones and portable devices with DAB+ functionality.
Ghana’s foray into DAB underscores its commitment to embracing digital innovation and elevating the radio broadcasting experience for its citizens.