HUAWEI and Ghana’s Ministry of Communications have launched the Rural Telephony Project which aims to provide voice and data services for more than 3.4 million people in underserved and unserved communities.
This initiative, in partnership with China National Technical, is expected to save the government up to 70 percent of the cost of traditional cell sites and extend the national mobile communication coverage from 83 percent to 95 percent – greatly accelerating local economic development whiles improving people’s livelihoods.
Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo, President of Ghana, says that ‘Government is committed to ensuring that every Ghanaian, irrespective of tribe, religion, class, location or identity has access to affordable and reliable voice and data connectivity.
‘To this end, the Ministry of communications and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electrical Communication (GIFEC) working in partnership with mobile network operators, like MTN, Vodafone and Huawei is rolling out a rural telephony project to provide data and voice connectivity to 2016 rural telephony sites, strategically located in underserved and unserved communities across the country.’
Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu- Ekuful added that ‘no one, irrespective of their financial, economic, social status or location should be deprived of access to quality telephony services hence government’s keen interest in making sure that the project is delivered successfully and they intend to roll out 1,000 sites by December.
‘I must congratulate GIFEC, Huawei and the Mobile Network Operators for working together to deliver this project. As policymakers, we will continue to provide leadership in implementing solutions and programs to facilitate rural connectivity.’
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