Ministry of Communications, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and the Export-Import Bank of China has officially signed a financing agreement under which Huawei Technologies Ghana will undertake a rural network project across the country.
A statement from Huawei Ghana said the project is expected to be completed September 2021 adding that “this will greatly accelerate local economic development while improving people’s livelihoods.”
Although mobile communication in Ghana has seen rapid development in recent years, the development of rural telecommunications is still relatively lagging behind.
The lack of rural communication network infrastructure greatly restricts the development of the rural economy, a result of which the Government of Ghana has taken a number of positive steps to promote rural telephony services and digital inclusion in rural and marginalized communications.
This novel initiative is led by the Government of Ghana Ministry of Communication through GIFEC and will be leased to domestic carriers (Mobile Network Operators) who will be responsible for market expansion and user development after its completion.
Compared with the traditional rural network solutions, the rural star reduces cost by more than 50%.
Currently, Rural Star has been commercially used in more than 110 countries around the world, serving a population of over 40 million.
GIFEC, through the Rural Telephony Project, has deployed 400 rural star sites to over 2000 rural communities, providing mobile network coverage to over 1,200,000 people in Ghana.
According to the Administrator of GIFEC, Abraham Kofi Asante, “The project was implemented through a Tripartite Cooperation Model with the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and Huawei as the technical solution provider. This effective partnership has resulted in considerable cost savings and wider expansion in rural connectivity.
“Partnering with Huawei on this project, therefore, will ensure that all persons in Ghana are part of the Government’s digitization agenda, and improve the socio-economic wellbeing of people living in Rural Ghana. These beneficiaries will be able to communicate effectively with family, friends, and transact business with people all over the world”. He added.
Commenting on the project, Minister for Communications of Ghana, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said: “ICT development plays a vital role in revitalizing the national economy, especially in promoting rural economic development.
Accelerating the improvement of rural communications facilities is one of our important agenda. We selected Huawei as a partner in this rural network project as we have seen Huawei’s unremitting efforts in bridging in the digital divide.
We hope that the project can be completed as soon as possible so that people in more remote areas can enjoy the benefits of mobile broadband.”
GIFEC is the Universal Access Fund agency of the Ministry of Communications of Ghana, mandated to provide universal access to all individuals through the use of affordable ICTs for socioeconomic development.
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