- The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has stated that the government has constructed 200 telephony sites in Ghana since it assumed office
- She added that the government has already completed 80 rural telephony sites, this year and is on course to adding extra 200 sites before the year 2018 ends.
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has revealed that the government has erected 200 mobile telephony sites in Ghana.
This, she said, took place in the two years since the government assumed power in the year 2017.
The decision to construct the sites, she explained, formed part of the efforts of the government to bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban areas in Ghana.
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Hon. Ekuful disclosed this on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the Global Ministerial Roundtable.
According to her, the move was to ensure that there is development with regard to Information Communication Technology (ICT) and telephony to expedite the socio-economic development of Ghana.
Speaking at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Telecom Conference in Durban, South Africa, Owusu-Ekuful said that “in 2017 alone 100 rural telephony sites were constructed and activated in over 500 communities where access to mobile signals was not previously available.”
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) World Conference held in Durban, South Africa sought to accelerate ICT innovation for socio-economic development through solutions, sharing knowledge and networking with measures to develop and protect local intellectual property.
She went on to say that the government has already completed 80 rural telephony sites, this year, and that in partnership with MTN and Huawei, it’s on course to adding extra 200 sites before the year ends.
The partnership, she stated, would involve the deployment of voice and data connectivity as well.
“We are making significant strides on this journey, and are determined to find an affordable, easily deployable solution to extend connectivity quickly as possible,” she said.
In her opinion, “the widening digital gap was as a result of the growth in teledensity in urban areas fueled by mobile technological uptake plus the consideration by the network provider that the extension of connection to the rural areas is not commercially viable.”
Reiterating the government’s commitment to changing the narrative, Owusu-Ekuful said a deliberate agenda to digitize Ghana with an ambitious technological programme of infrastructural development, national broadband infrastructure and connectivity with the unserved and underserved at the heart of the agenda is being vigorously pursued.
Ghana joined over 126 countries across the world to showcase its digital solutions at the ITU Telecom World Conference and Exhibition at Durban, South Africa.
Investors, innovators, project and decision-makers from the ICT ecosystem from Ghana participated in the conference and exhibition on the theme, “Innovation for a smarter world.”
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