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We don’t have the ability to jam or interfere with broadcasting signals – NCA replies Mahama

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has rejected claims that it is interfering with broadcasting and internet services in the country.

In a statement issued by the Authority and sighted by JoyNews, the public was urged to disregard any allegations made to that effect.

The statement comes on the back of media reportage attributed to the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, suggesting that the NCA is scheming to interfere with broadcasting signals and internet connectivity.

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In a Facebook live session on Sunday, November 22, Mr. Mahama alleged that his interviews with Kumasi-based Abusua FM some weeks ago were compromised after the frequency of the station was jammed by the NCA.

“I’m also aware of what they did to Joy when they were going to broadcast that investigative piece on the National Lotteries.

“Joe Anokye is handling the NCA as a political office. I think on election day they can shut down the internet or any of the things dictators do. I hope we win and stop all that,” he said.

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But responding to the former President, the NCA said the allegations are completely unfounded.

This according to the Authority is because, it does not “have the capability to block, jam, or interfere with broadcasting signals”. 

“As a telecommunications and broadcasting regulator, and in line with global best practice, the NCA has frequency spectrum monitoring equipment whose ability is limited to receiving signals and detecting their source, but not to jam them.

“Where necessary, Section 13 of ECA, 2008, Act 775 provides the basis and procedure for shutting down a radio communication service provider. The NCA serves notices and subsequently physically closes the facilities down and then monitors thereafter for compliance.

“The NCA does not interfere in the work of its broadcasting and Internet Service Licensees. On the contrary, the NCA assists them to promptly resolve cases of interference when they arise,” part of the statement said.

The Authority used the opportunity to urge media houses experiencing any inconvenience to report the issue for immediate assistance.

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“Licensees are therefore advised to report outages or cases of interference to the NCA for prompt investigation and resolution, and not misinform their audiences and clients.”