The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has selected US-based company Parallel Wireless to provide mobile telephone connectivity to underserved and unserved areas of the country through the deployment of around 2,000 OpenRAN sites. Although Ghana has a competitive telecoms market, about 1,020 communities do not currently benefit from mobile coverage. According to the company’s press release, Parallel Wireless will help provide coverage and capacity across the country by enabling a shift to more cost-effective and scalable software-based OpenRAN network architecture.
Abraham Kofi Asante, administrator for GIFEC, a universal access service fund set up by the Ghanaian government under the Electronic Communications Act 2008 to provide telecoms and ICT services, stated: ‘Universal Access and Service Fund has been in the forefront of bridging the digital divide and connecting the unconnected by exploring innovative and viable solutions including OpenRAN, this is what we need to accelerate the digital transformation in Ghana. The ultimate objective of this project is to achieve 100% mobile telephone service coverage throughout Ghana by working in close partnership with the mobile network operators (MNOs).’