GHANA-BASED ICT firm Lebara Ghana Limited has bagged a deal for the commercial management of the government’s fibre optic infrastructure and LTE network. Communications minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful handed this responsibility to Lebara on May 3, 2019, stating that this mark of confidence in the private sector shows the government’s desire to encourage efficiency and profitability.
Lebara will manage the broadband telecom infrastructure for a 10-year period. Until Lebara was awarded the contract, the management was undertaken by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA). According to the minister, however, this option was no longer in line with the government’s ambitions for fairness and transparency in providing access to ICT for all.
‘I think it’s becoming increasingly clear that NITA cannot be both a regulator and an operator if it wants to do its job effectively,’ said Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
However, Owusu-Ekuful cautioned Lebara that the government will be demanding in the quality of service provided. She invited the company to also explore various possibilities to launch solutions to bridge the digital gap and promote financial inclusion.