The National Communications Authority (NCA) has launched a trial phase of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB), making Ghana the first country in West Africa and fourth in the continent to adopt this technology.
DAB allows radio stations to extend their reach beyond their immediate locations, therefore expanding their audience.
The trial will start with 11 radio stations in Accra, including Citi FM, and an additional 7 stations in Kumasi.
The Director General of the NCA, Joe Anokye, believes that DAB has the potential to revolutionize the radio landscape in Ghana as it provides high-quality audio, supports value-added services, and enhances spectrum efficiency.
The trial will also test the possibility of extending coverage areas for FM stations, as stations in Accra will extend their coverage to Kumasi and vice versa.
The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, expressed the government’s dedication to adopting technologies that enhance connectivity and promote digital inclusion for all sectors of the economy.
The government has launched projects and programs that support the creation of information and communication technology infrastructure and drive the development of services that foster economic competitiveness.