Ghana Extends ICT Services To Remote Areas

GHANA is advancing the provision of information and communication technology (ICT) as well as telecommunication services to under-served and deprived groups and communities.

Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has appointed Parallel Wireless, the international technology firm, to speed the exercise.

GIFEC is a special fund set up by the government of the West African country under the Electronic Communications Act 2008 (Act 775). GIFEC is a Universal Access Service Fund (UASF).

GIFEC administrator, Mr Abraham Kofi Asante said the UASF had been in the forefront of bridging the digital gap and connecting the unconnected by exploring innovative and viable solutions including Open Radio Access Network (RAN).

Mr. Asante said, “This is what we need to accelerate the digital transformation in Ghana.”

He recommended methodical partnerships among government, policymakers and private sector to create the right ecosystem.

The collaboration with Rainbow services and OpenRAN leader, Parallel Wireless, focuses on enabling connectivity for end-users and verticals including transportation, health, education, security, defense and banking services.

Mr Asante said the ultimate objective of this project is to get 100 per cent mobile telephone service coverage throughout Ghana by working in close collaboration with the mobile network operators.

Ghana has one of the more competitive telecom markets in the region but there are over slightly over 1 000 communities without mobile signals.

The Sales Director (Africa), Mr Christoph Fitih at Parallel Wireless, said the cooperation with UASF was to help to deliver on Ghana’s vision of connecting societies, businesses, and people to enable wireless connectivity while future-proofing network investments for future services.

He said the project would ultimately open up local communities for development and economically empower the people.

Mr Fitih said, “It will attract tourists, knowing that they will not be entirely cut off from the rest of the world because of poor network services when they visit.”

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