GISPA Holds Maiden Edition Of Ghana Internet Conference

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Ghana Internet Service Providers (GISPA), the umbrella of all internet service providers in Ghana has held its maiden edition of the Ghana Internet Conference in Accra.

The conference, which was held at the Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, Accra was under the theme ‘’ Global Internet Development Lessons for Local ISPS For Business Growth and Affordable Internet Provision.’’

Valuable discussions and contributions were made as the program featured a panel of key stakeholders within the Internet space in Ghana.

The president of GISPA, Mr Richard Densu made mention of how the Internet today has given the world a different meaning by making it more visible and colourful to everyone.

‘’The Internet of today is giving an unprecedented opportunity to everyone of all ages to choose what they want, socialize and promote businesses.’’

He also made it known that there are some challenges on the internet such as cyber threats and other personal securities despite the numerous advantages.

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He added, ‘’ that is why it is important that we the industry players lead the way in creating platforms such as this(conference), so that we can all come around the table to discuss how we can make the service we provide better for our customers.’’

He also continued by saying GISPA will be holding such meetings regularly in coming months. ‘’ Our mandate, among others, include the involvement in shaping public policy and advocacy in ensuring that we are able to influence policies that are made to regulate the internet industry.’’ He said.

A founding member of the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast, Professor Quaynor, said the ‘’internet, is just like water or air, you should not be taxing those things because if you do it would affect your development.’’

According to him, the imposition of taxes will deepen the digital divide, just as the lack of infrastructure has deepened the digital divide.

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He also proposed that the government should rather tax products, services and jobs which have risen due to the existence of the internet in the country.

Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Mr Kenneth Ashigbey, also made it known that fibre cuts are one of the biggest challenges of the Telecommunication companies.

‘’ We are currently spending too much money in fixing fibre cuts. We are recording over 300 fibre cuts a month. Last year it cost 45.5 million dollars to fix them.’’ He said.

He continued by saying that, ‘’this year we are almost above that already. One of our members who have budgeted half a million dollars, not to expand fibre to a Village like Tsiame, but to fix it. After the very first quarter, they had to go back to their board for extra money.

Mr Alfred Gaisie of National Communication Authority also said that the nature of the content being consumed by internet users in the country is a key factor in the high data cost.

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