Electricity Company of Ghana to Deploy Fibre for greater Internet Access
Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has announced its interest to venture into Telecommunication and Internet Service Provision.
The Managing Director of ECG, Samuel Boakye-Appiah will collaborate with Telecommunications to use its network to install fibre which would be used to offer Internet Service.
To make this possible, ECG will need to develop a blueprint for the initiative and also reuse their power to run the telecommunication business and it is understood that this process is in agreement with the government.
This has raised doubts for the industry experts that, allowing the ECG companies to offer Internet Services may put extra burden for the players in the sectors who don’t have regulatory policies.
Energy and ICT Specialist at World Bank, Anna Lerner, also suggested that, it is best they rather focus on establishing this initiation in the urban areas with better coverage rather than the rural areas because, electricity available in the rural areas are much lower than mobile connectivity.
At the end of 2018, Ghana’s National Communication Authority (NCA) reported that, the total number of 2G and 3G mobile data subscription in Ghana was with a high penetration rate of 88.84%.