South Korean labs show interest in NCA Type Approval Policy at ITU Telecom World

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Two South Korean based laboratories have shown great interest in the Type Approval Program of the National Communication Authority (NCA), according to Biztechafrica source within the Ghanaian delegation attending this year’s ITU Telecom World conference and exhibition.

These companies are said to have made enquiries about testing for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receivers earmarked to be imported from South Korea to Ghana, with one of them, Dt&C  a global electronic, electrical and ICT equipment testing company officially requesting to apply for accreditation to do so.
A representative of the National Communication Authority among the Ghanaian delegation to the ITU Telecom World 2017 in Busan, Edmund Fianko, who is also the Deputy Director for Engineering, said he was impressed with the high level of interest shown in the NCA’s Type Approval standards and stressed that the interest expressed by these foreign companies may not be a direct investment into Ghana but a move to help the NCA to save costs.

Mr. Fianko explained that there are three categories of tests on DTT receivers – electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test, radio frequency (RF) test and the service information and program specific information test, adding that there is some local capability to do in country audit, which is to perform selected tests locally but other tests need special labs and capabilities.

He  said upon their analysis, they realised the business case does not support the establishment of a specific lab for those tests locally so they would rather leverage existing labs abroad, particularly because most of the equipment to be tested are manufactured in those countries anyway.

“This has a positive side because it helps the country to save cost and invest that money in supporting consumers acquire receivers and or supporting local assembling of receivers instead of using the money to build testing lab,” he said.

The Deputy Director for Engineering however stated that before a lab in accredited to do Type Approval testing on behalf of the NCA, that lab itself is tested to ensure it has the capability in terms of the equipment, set up, personnel, processes and procedures required to meet the Ghana-specific standards.

“We would often require that the lab submit a comprehensive report of its capabilities per our requirements and based on our level of satisfaction we would either visit the lab and check for ourselves before accreditation, or issue the accreditation before a physical check, particular when it is well known lab,” he said.

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