The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is to award Ghana for bridging the communication gap in rural communities.
The substantial rise in telephone subscription in Ghana from 947,320 for mobile and 6,884 payphones to 28,615,445 between 2003 and 2014, coupled with pragmatic programmes by successive governments are some of the factors leading to this success.
The last community to benefit from Ghana's rural telephony project is Tuluwe in the Northern Region, about two weeks ago.
The ITU’s WSIS Project Prize 2014 Award in Rural Telephony Ghana will be presented to Ghana at a high level event taking place in Geneva 10 – 13 June.
The occasion will also serve as a platform to take stock, after the world summit on the Information Society document was signed by heads of states of 10 years ago.
The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
Speaking to Myjoyonline.com ahead of the summit, Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah who is leading Ghana's delegation to the summit said despite the success, "We still have hurdles to surmount".
"The WSIS Project Prize 2014 Award to Ghana in Rural Telephony is a manifestation of what a country can achieve when successive governments ensure continuity in development.
"Ghana remains committed to the Geneva Plan of Action and the Principles for building an inclusive Information Society. Ghana regards the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society as a valuable reaffirmation of the global commitment for bridging the digital divide, on Internet governance and related issues. The challenge therefore confronting us is to ensure that everybody benefits from the opportunities ICTs can offer". Dr. Omane Boamah said.
State of ICT Infrastructure and Broadband development
Presently, Ghana is served by five submarine cables: SAT-3; MainOne; Glo-1; and WACS Cables supplying about 7.16 Terabits capacity. Last year, the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system was inaugurated in Accra, bringing onboard additional 5.1 Terabits, to increase the overall submarine cable capacity to 12.3 Terabits.
There is also, a national terrestrial optic fibre network that is being built to cover all the Districts and Constituency areas of the country. In June 2012, Ghana successfully connected its terrestrial optic fibre with those of neighbouring sister countries of Burkina Faso and Togo.
"We have also established a point of presence on the western border, preparing to directly connect with La Cote d’Ivoire, in addition to the submarine link," he noted.
Dr. Omane Boamah said a 780-kilometre optic fibre ICT backbone infrastructure on the Eastern Corridor of the country is being built to provide broadband infrastructure to over 120 towns and communities along the route. The project will be connected to the existing optic fibre network.
Internet usage is growing steadily with increased capacity for the deployment of 4th Generation Applications. In partnership with the internet community, Government is supporting the development of critical internet infrastructure by arranging for the supply of additional switches for Internet Exchange Points (IXPs).
The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association confirmed in May 2013 that currently, 45% of Ghana’s Internet traffic is handled locally through the existing Internet Exchange Point. With the arrival of additional switches, the percentage will improve and more opportunities will emerge, especially to promote content development.
Indeed, the cost of bandwidth in Ghana has witnessed substantial reduction over the years. In the year 2007 the cost of 2 Megabits bandwidth was about $10,000 per month. In 2008, this figure fell to $7,500, then in 2009 it reduced to $4,500, then to $4,000 in 2010, $2,000 in 2011 and for last year, the cost of 2 Megabits bandwidth fell to $1,500 per month. Right now, this is reducing to $1,200 and below.
e-Government Infrastructure and services
Government has ensured that all Regional Administrative Offices and District Assembly Offices are connected with broadband for the effective implementation of the e-Government programme.
All the Regional Offices are provided with Tele-Presence equipment for multi-media interaction with the Office of the President. Supporting the programme is the establishment of a National Primary Data Centre along with Secondary Data Centres and Recovery sites .
All 23 Ministries, and about 75 other agencies have been connected to the Network and Data Centre.
- 2 nursing trainees die in gory accident at Asankragua
- Police hunt for gunmen after rescuing trapped baby from snatched car in Kumasi
- Chilling account of how policeman was killed, assailant shot dead in Bono Region
- 74-year-old exonerated after spending 27 years in prison for murder she didn’t commit
- Moesha Boduong returns to social media after several months of silence
- Fitch downgrades Ghana’s credit rating from B to B- with negative outlook
- Marriage by proxy is legitimate under Customary Law – Lawyer
- Police commiserate with families and victims of Atico accident
- Novak Djokovic: Tennis star deported after losing Australia visa battle
- ‘We all have 24 hours, establish yourself and stop hating successful people for nothing’ – Tracey Boakye
AFCON Day 8 Wrap: Equatorial Guinea shock Algeria, Ivory Coast and Mali held
Customer complaints of banks, other financial institutions dropped 27.87% in half-year 2021 – BoG
Ghanaians should tone down on negativity against Black Stars – Lepowura Jawula
KNUST scientists and engineers hold research disseminating seminar with The Multimedia Group
Livestream: The Probe discusses breaking Ghana’s 40-year AFCON title curse
Withdrawal of Speaker’s military attachment politically motivated – Minority
University of Ghana holds first in-person graduation since Covid-19 pandemic began
Texas synagogue hostage-taker was British
Ousted Mali president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta dies aged 76
Marriage by proxy is legitimate under Customary Law – Lawyer
We have a lot of qualified women in Ghana – Prof. Takyiwaa Manuh
Kwahu West Fire Service blames pastors for some fire outbreaks in the area
Tamale Central Hospital assures public of enough consumables to offer quality service to patients
Police arrest 10 over fake Fire Service recruitment at Lapaz
‘We all have 24 hours, establish yourself and stop hating successful people for nothing’ – Tracey Boakye