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NCA organizes symposium to mark 20th anniversary


By: Fred Yaw Sarpong

The National Communication Authority (NCA), regulator of the telecom industry is organizing a symposium in Accra and it’s aimed at bringing together industry players to discuss issues that affecting the telecom sector in the country.

The two day event which is under the theme: “The Role of Regulations in ICT Development” is taking place at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel today Monday 18th July and Tuesday 19th July.

The symposium forms part of the activities to mark the 20th anniversary celebration of the National Communication Authority.

According to the NCA, the main objective of the symposium is to create a platform for telecommunication policy-makers, national telecommunications regulators, users groups and industry experts to exchange information and experiences on the issue of ICT deployment and development in Africa in relation to the global ICT development trends.

The regulator believes that this symposium will generate and record valuable ICT thoughts for consideration at the global level.

Topics to be discuss at the event includes, future of telecommunications and expected impact on the Industry in Africa- (Internet of Things, Big Data, etc.); Improving Rural Communications: policies, strategies and regulatory interventions; and Has Digitization Redefined the Boundaries of Market Definition?.

Others are Infrastructure Sharing: challenges and opportunities; Prospects of data uptake and OTT Services, Opportunities and Threats for the Telecommunications Industry; and Experiences from African countries on the industry: success stories and lessons learned.

Also, there will be discussion on success story in the Nigerian telecommunication space and Prospects of Digital Financial Services in the African telecommunication space with special regards to Kenya’s MPESA.






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