The Broadband Communication Chamber (BBCC) says it’s putting up measurers to drive broadband penetration in the country by bringing on board many Ghanaians who do not have access to broadband services.
According to the chamber, improved access to broadband services in the country will strengthening businesses, increase the country’s productivity and cushion Ghana’s economic growth.
Speaking to Elorm Gustav Tamakloe, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BBCC ahead of the upcoming Broadband Ghana Forum, he stated that broadband technologies are driving significant transformation in lots of sectors that are related to development such as health, food security, financial inclusion and education.
He mentioned that it is therefore an undeniable fact that broadband is playing and will continue to play a key role in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Sadly, Ghana is losing out and as a result of that the country is being left behind. With approximately 9.9 million internet users represents 34.7% of the about 29 million population. We can either choose to continue to do nothing or we can seize the broadband opportunity as a catalyst for Ghana’s sustainable socio-economic development,” he noted.
Mr. Tamakloe told the Daily Express that broadband offers reduced travel costs, better access to services, information, partners and customers. It also allow better planning and control of national resources especially energy and water supplies
Meanwhile, the BBCC, an advocacy and lobbying group for the development and expansion of the broadband industry will be organising Ghana Broadband Forum on November 30, 2017 to dialogue on how to revamp the country’s five-year old Broadband Policy.
The forum will afford the stakeholders the opportunity to inject dynamism into the policy and also discuss issues relating to the industry.
He added that the forum would discuss issues such as challenges and barriers to creating a fully digitally enabled Ghana, new technology enablers, Internet of Things (IoT), among others.
The forum will be under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and themed as ‘Broadband: The Catalyst for Sustainable Socio-economic Development’. There will be series of presentations from key personalities and organisations under the sub-theme ‘True Broadband and the Possibilities It Brings’, he said.
Mr Tamakloe said, “after the forum, the Chamber plans to present recommendations on guidelines and modalities for the complete review and update of the existing policy taking into considerations new entrants and technologies in the broadband industry.
By: Fred Yaw SARPONG
The Daily Express