Broadcast Media Africa has learnt that 18 FM stations in Ghana are participating in the newly launched Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) service.
The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who performed the official launch of the six-month pilot, said, “I am delighted to declare the first-ever trial of Digital Audio Broadcasting in West Africa duly launched.”
With the launch of DAB trials, Ghana is the first country in West Africa and the fourth on the continent to deploy the DAB service.
The DAB platform in Ghana, built and managed by K-NET, is being implemented by the National Communications Authority (NCA) and involves 18 stations, comprising 11 based in Accra and 7 in Kumasi.
The 11 stations in Accra are Uniique 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.
With the commencement of the trial, listeners in the two cities can access any of the 18 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.