A 4G frequency will be on auction sale by the Ghana Regulatory Authority next June. The second auction of the 4G will promote better connectivity for the devices and objects connected.
It is not the first time that Ghana has used the auction technique to allocate the 4G frequency. In fact, even in 2015, the National Communications Authority (NCA) organized an auction sale for such frequency. With this upcoming auction sale, Ghana has good prospects for equipment connectivity. As a result, high speed internet will continue to expand across Ghana.
The 4G is indeed the fourth generation of standards for mobile telephony corresponding to LTE-Advanced (IMT-Advanced) 1 after 2G, 3G and 3.5G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA). It allows higher data rates up to 3 Gbps2 in LTE-Advanced and 300 Mbps in LTE Cat 5 and 6. Its specifications are defined by ITU3 and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3gpp).
The second auction sale of the 4G frequency will encourage an upsurge of different devices such as phones, laptops, tablets etc. into the Ghanaian market. However, manufacturers and importers of all these devices, who are potential users of the 4G frequency should be reminded that they must be approved by NCA well before those devices are imported and marketed; otherwise, they will be punished in accordance with the legal provisions in force in this country.
Note that the auction technique is amongst the methods put in place by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to ensure a better allocation of available spectrum.