Ghanaians to experience faster and improved internet

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Ghanaians will now join the rest of the developed world to experience faster and improved internet, telecommunication network and other data services, President Mahama has said.

President Mahama having first hand data service facilitated by the fibre optic backboneAccording to Ghana?s President, the country which is currently the biggest user of mobile broadband in West Africa will also become one of the few African countries having adequate access to data services.

President John Dramani Mahama made the announcement when he inaugurated an 800 kilometer Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Backbone (Broadband Infrastructure) project in Ho, the Volta Regional Capital last Monday.

The project which is funded by the Danish government through the Danish International development Agency (DANIDA) at the cost of 38 million euros was undertaken by Alcatel-Lucent international of Denmark, a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology.

The cable is now owned by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA); an agency of the Ministry of Communication tasked to build e-government infrastructure to provide broadband network services to the Ghanaian administrations, universities, businesses and other users.

The fibre optic cable passes through over 120 towns in over 20 districts and municipalities right from Ho in the Volta Region to Bawku in the Upper East region. Each of the districts also has a data connection point that allows other users to connect to the infrastructure as well as a central a data centre and a managed service component to ensure the security of data on the entire network.

The President noted that the facility will bridge the digital gab between the urban dwellers and rural folks by enhancing inter-connectivity on the corridor which currently leaves much to be desired.

It will also promote Information and Communication Technology (ICT) applications to support education, health delivery, e-governance, business development, agriculture development and national security among others.

Danish Ambassador

The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Margit Thomsen, expressed excitement over the partnership between the two countries and the fact that Danish taxpayers’ money had been put to good use.

She then touted that “Ghana is doing well in infrastructure in ICT,” and hoped that the facility will put Ghana on the global ICT map.

The Minister of Communications was excited that in the next few years people can make clear and uninterrupted voice and video calls, share information; be it audio and video in a faster rate, students can have more access to online educational materials and patients will receive better health services.

The Vice President, Alcatel Lucent (Africa), Daniel Jaeger was hopeful encouraged both public and private entities to tap into the facility for improved services and hoped there will be more collaborations to improve ICT in Ghana.

By Kwadwo Duodu (freduoo@gmail.com)

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