Ghana to develop a National Broadband Strategy which aims at increasing broadband uptake by 50% by 2015

The Ghana Connect initiative is an effort by a group of stakeholders in the Telecommunications industry to develop a National Broadband Strategy. According to organizers, it is a platform for stakeholders in the ICT industry with the aim of ensuring broadband growth by means of public seminars, workshop and implementation of mechanisms to ensure accessibility and affordability of broadband connection for all. GhanaConnect seeks to help with policy and strategy development and implementation.

The current effort is to help develop a Broadband Strategy based on the Telecom and ICT Policies, geared towards making broadband accessible and affordable.

Several dignitaries and stakeholders including the Deputy Minister of Information, Hon Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, some Members of Parliament and industry giants including MTN, Vodafone, tiGO, KNET, NCBC, Internet Ghana, Netafrique, Omatek Computers and several other firms and organizations were present to contribute to the strategy development and implementation. The workshop was chaired by the Hon. Twumasi Appiah, MP and Chairman for the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications.

During his speech, the Hon. Twumasi Appiah underscored the relevance of broadband in facilitating the economic development of any country. He said “broadband can help facilitate e-citizenship and e-governance and enhance relations between citizens and government and strengthen our democracy. Broadband has enormous potential for strengthening community voice in public debate and decision making and in maintaining transparency and accountability by government”. At the end of his presentation, the Honorable MP enumerated certain action items he feels should be core elements in the Strategy. They include assessing competition regulation in the market, granting more infrastructure licenses, investing in nationwide fibre and developing a national master plan amongst others.

The Deputy Minister of Information also launched the workshop on behalf of the Vice President by stating the importance of broadband in general to economic development and conveyed the government’s commitment to ensuring broadband uptake.

There were four sessions on International fibre, national fibre, last mile access and PC and CPE costs and industry stakeholders took turns to give thought provoking presentations and ideas on how to increase broadband uptake. One highlight of the workshop was when Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor of NCS questioned the feasibility of the Strategies objective of increasing broadband uptake by 50% by 2015 but the general consensus was that it is important to increase broadband uptake.

The importance of local content came to light. Participants agreed that it was important to develop local content and to encourage localized traffic.

At the end of the first day, it came to light that recommendations should be made to government through parliament of the outcomes and recommendations of Ghana Connect initiative. The final day of the workshop will seek to incorporate all these inputs into the draft strategy

Source: GhanaConnect


Ghana to develop a National Broadband Strategy which aims at increasing broadband uptake by 50% by 2015
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