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  • NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY

    DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TELEVISION (DTT) FREE-TO-AIR (FTA) PROGRAMME CHANNEL

    SERVICE AUTHORISATIONS

    SELECTION AND AWARD PROCEDURE

    DECEMBER, 2016

  • Page 2 of 36

    REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

    1. The NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY (NCA) invites

    applications from eligible entities registered under the Ghana Companies Code,

    1963, Act 179 for the grant of authorizations to establish, maintain and operate a

    Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Free-to-Air (FTA) Programme Channel on the

    national DTT Multiplex.

    2. The Applicant(s) for the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Free-to-Air (FTA)

    Programme Channel Authorization should possess a Certificate of Incorporation,

    Certificate to Commence Business and Company Regulations from the

    Registrar General’s Department as well as hold an up to date Certificate of

    Income Tax where applicable. Copies of the afore-mentioned Certificates should

    be submitted with the application.

    3. The Selection and Award Procedure Document can be accessed on the

    Authority’s website: www.nca.org.gh.

    4. All applications duly sealed are to be submitted at the Director General’s

    Secretariat and addressed to:

    The Director General National Communications Authority NCA Tower, No. 6. Airport City Accra

    on or before 5pm on Monday, January 30, 2017. Applications shall not be

    received after the above stipulated deadline.

    5. The Authority intends to issue:

    a) a total of up to fourteen (14) Authorisations for Digital Terrestrial Television

    (DTT) Free-to-Air (FTA) Programme Channel

    i. Four (4) of which would have national coverage and

    ii. Ten (10) of which would have regional coverage; one (1) each for

    the ten (10) regions of Ghana in accordance with the Selection and

    Award Procedure.

    b) A total of Twenty (20) authorisations for Digital Radio Service on TV Multiplex

    each with national coverage

    6. All applications shall be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of:

    a) Thirty-Eight Thousand, Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS38,500.00) for DTT

    programme channel with national coverage.

  • Page 3 of 36

    b) Eleven Thousand Five Hundred and Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHS11,550.00) for

    applications for DTT programme channel with regional coverage for Greater

    Accra, Ashanti and Western Regions.

    c) Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS7,700.00) for applications

    for DTT programme channel with regional coverage for Eastern, Volta, Central,

    Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

    d) One Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS1,000.00) for Digital Terrestrial Radio Service

    on DTT Multiplex with nationwide coverage.

    7. Any Applicant may communicate for clarification on the subject in writing to the DIRECTOR GENERAL, NATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY, on or

    before 5pm on January 13, 2016. An electronic copy should be sent to

    dttapplications@nca.org.gh.

    8. Companies that have already made applications to the Authority for the above mentioned services are advised to reapply in accordance with the terms and

    conditions of the selection and award procedure document. Application fees that

    may have already been paid would still be valid.

    Issued by the Director General 12th December, 2016

  • Page 4 of 36

    Table of Contents

    CHAPTER 1 ........................................................................................................................................ 6 BACKGROUND .................................................................................................................................. 6

    1.0 Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 6 1.1 Legal, Regulatory and Policy Environment ............................................................................ 7

    1.1.1 Policies ................................................................................................................................. 7 1.1.2 Laws .................................................................................................................................... 7 1.1.3 Regulations and Guidelines ................................................................................................ 7 1.1.4 Broadcasting Bill ................................................................................................................ 8 1.1.5 Policy for the Transition from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting ...................................... 8

    1.2 Overview of the Existing Broadcasting Industry in Ghana ................................................. 10 1.2.1 F M R a d i o Broadcasting ............................................................................................ 10 1.2.2 Television Broadcasting .................................................................................................... 11 1.2.3 Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting in Ghana ...................................................... 14 1.2.4 The Transition from Analogue to Digital Television ........................................................ 15

    CHAPTER 2 ...................................................................................................................................... 19 THE DTT FTA SINGLE CHANNEL AUTHORISATION ............................................................ 19

    2.1 Rationale for the Award of DTT FTA Programme Channel Authorisations ............. 19 2.2 Scope of the Authorisation .............................................................................................. 19 2.3 Authorisation Period ....................................................................................................... 21 2.4 Number of Authorisations .............................................................................................. 21 2.5 Fees .................................................................................................................................... 21

    CHAPTER 3 ...................................................................................................................................... 23 SELECTION AND AWARD PROCESS ........................................................................................ 23

    3.0 General Requirements ............................................................................................................ 23 3.1 Eligibility Criteria ................................................................................................................... 23

    CHAPTER 4 ...................................................................................................................................... 28 APPLICATION GUIDELINES ....................................................................................................... 28

    4.1 Contents of the Application .................................................................................................... 28 4.2 Submission of Proposals ......................................................................................................... 30 4.3 Updating ........................................................................................................................... 31 4.4 Modification ..................................................................................................................... 31 4.5 Disclaimer ......................................................................................................................... 31

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    4.6 Additional Information .......................................................................................................... 31 ANNEX 1 ............................................................................................................................................ 32

    INTERPRETATIONS AND DEFINITIONS .............................................................................. 32 ANNEX 2 ........................................................................................................................................... 33

    SAMPLE LETTER OF PRESENTATION ................................................................................. 33 ANNEX 3 ........................................................................................................................................... 34

    STANDARDIZED APPLICATION GUIDELINES ................................................................... 34

    List of Tables Table 1: Summary of Authorised FM Radio Broadcasting Stations in Ghana as of 3Q 2016

    ............................................................................................................................................... 10

    Table 2: Summary of Authorised Television Broadcasting Stations in Ghana as of

    September 2016 ..................................................................................................................... 13

    Table 3: Site Characteristics for the National DTT Transmission Network ........................ 16

    Table 4: List of Programme Channels on the National DTT Multiplex and their Logical

    Channel Numbers (LCNs). .....................

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