State to invest in national broadband project

23 Jul 2009

The government of Ghana has signed a USD150 million contract with Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies for the supply of advanced telecoms infrastructure to ensure broadband internet access countrywide within the next two years. The Minister of Communications, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, told delegates at a conference on Business Processes Outsourcing (BPO) that the infrastructure would link internet Points of Presence (PoP) in all district capitals under the government’s ICT Backbone Development Programme. The minister added that the government was committed to ensuring it developed the human resources needed to promote the country as a prospect for BPO companies, and said Ghana was working hard to ensure the legislative regime was right encourage inward investment under the e-legislation programme. ‘During the year the Ministry of Communications will also facilitate the development of additional legislations in the area of data protection and intellectual property for investors in the area of data capturing and management to operate within the confines of international guidelines and rules,’ he said. His words were echoed by Vice President John Dramani Mahama who stressed Ghana’s commitment to developing the nation’s ICT backbone capabilities. ‘In addition to the SAT3 connectivity, Glo 1 and MaiOne will commence the construction of two additional landing stations by the end of this year to take care of the issues of bandwidth redundancy,’ he said.