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Last update: 20.09.2023 - older versions

On 22 August 2023, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Honourable Ursula Owusu-Ekuful officially launched the trial phase of the Digital Audio Broadcasting service in Ghana. With the launch, Ghana becomes the first country in West Africa and the fourth on the continent to deploy the DAB service.

The DAB platform in Ghana is being implemented by the National Communications Authority (NCA), and involves 18 stations – 11 based in Accra and 7 in Kumasi. With the commencement of the trial, listeners in the two cities will be able to access any of the stations using DAB+ receivers. The initial trial is expected to last six months after which the NCA will review and decide the next phase of its deployment.

The 11 stations in Accra are Unique FM, Asempa FM, Peace FM, Citi FM, Class FM, Oman FM, Asaase Radio, Atlantis Radio, Radio Univers, Starr FM and Hot FM.

The seven in Kumasi are Kessben FM, Radio Focus, Orange FM, Angel FM, Opemsuo FM, Wontumi FM and Sompa FM.

Watch video of the launch event.

Still from GBC Ghana News Hour showing Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Watch the GBC Ghana News Hour report on the launch of DAB trials on 22 August 2023.

Last update: 24.08.2023 - older versions

The trial launched in August 2023 will cover Accra and Kumasi.

 

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Last update: 24.08.2023 - older versions

On 22 August 2023, trials were launched by the National Communications Authority (NCA), broadcasting 18 stations – 11 based in Accra and 7 in Kumasi. The initial trial is expected to last six months after which the NCA will review and decide the next phase of its deployment.

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Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 33.1 million
Services: 18 DAB+
Last update: 24.07.2023

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