Minister announces telecoms ‘revamp’

17 Nov 2011

Ghana’s minister of communications Haruna Iddrisu has reportedly announced policy initiatives designed to revamp the country’s telecoms industry. Online news journal Citifmonline quotes Iddrisu as saying that the government is looking to address several areas of concern by 2012 and has formulated proposals to do this. His first policy would be to introduce ‘tax incentives and tax holidays to network operators who are willing and able to deploy voice and data in rural Ghana, as a way of expanding access and telecom services to such areas’. Further, the minister noted that the decision to support mandatory SIM card registration had been vindicated and that ‘there is now a submission before parliament on new SIM regulations which should be made law by the end of this year’.