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Last updated: 31 Mar 2011

Ghana’s telecommunications and broadband market is undergoing a revolution following the arrival of two new international submarine fibre optic cables, Glo-1 and Main One.

Sector briefing Information & Communication Technology Opportunities in Ghana Why Ghana? . Ghana?s telecommunications and broadband market is undergoing a revolution following the arrival of two new international submarine fibre optic cables, Glo-1 and Main One in 2009 and 2010 which has finally brought competition to the international bandwidth sector which was previously dominated by GT with its shareholding in the SAT-3/WASC cable. This, in combination with national fibre backbone networks that is being rolled out by various players, is paving the way for convergence of technologies and services in the country. There are also developments speeding up dramatically following the introduction of wireless and 3G mobile broadband technologies ?In the first six months of such as iBurst, WiMAX and HSPA. 2010, the number of mobile Find general information on the Ghanaian subscribers increased by market conditions on UKTI?s website. The 7.3% to reach 16.475 million Doing business Guide for Ghana gives an mobile subscribers? . overview of Ghana?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT Opportunities in Ghana Government as part of its commitment to Opportunities promote all inclusive information and knowledge society to benefit the underserved The Government?s main objective for and un-served areas continued to sustain the communication is to facilitate the development construction of CIC?s in all constituencies and and access to a reliable, cost effective and provide infrastructure and equipment support world-class communication infrastructure and for the completed ones. Forty-Six existing services, driven by appropriate technological CIC?s have been equipped with internet innovations accessible to all citizens. The key facilities whilst 20 have been provided with projects driving the objective include telecom equipment. penetration, Mobile Number Portability (MNP), Telecommunication Gateway, National Fibre E-Government Network Backbone and Broadband. ICT facilities and The Ministry of Communication in collaboration infrastructure on a broad scale across the with the National Information Technology nation is lacking and investors are needed in Agency (NITA) is pursuing the e-Government providing services such as supplying high-tech network infrastructure project aimed at Telecommunication Equipments, extension of creating a platform for the use of shared the broadband/Fibre Optic nationwide, E- services among the MDAs nationwide to commerce and Legal Database Services, VSAT facilitate communication within Government. In services, Community information Centres. this regard, 8 communication masts have been constructed to facilitate the deployment of Telecom Sector WIMAX and 5 new ones are at various stages The focus for 2011 will be the expansion of the of completion. broad band infrastructure to cover all District Assembly areas to support the deployment of Deployment of National ICT Standards and high speed internet to District Assemblies, Type Approvals schools and teacher training colleges, hospitals In line with the effective implementation of the and police stations. Electronic Communications Act, Act 775 of 2008, the Ministry of Communication through National Fibre Backbone and Broadband NCA developed 2 regulatory documents Project namely, the National Specifications and The Ministry of Communication supervised the Technical Standards and Equipment Type implementation of the 2nd phase of the Fibre Approval Guidelines to help prevent the Backbone Project and 90 percent of the importation of sub-standard ICT equipments Kumasi-Techiman-Sunyani and Tamale-Bolga and generate employment. stretches have been completed. Additionally, the Navrongo-Paga path as well as Tumu- E-Government Platform Wenchi stretch have also witnessed 90 percent The Ministry will continue to pursue the and 50 percent completion rate respectively. implementation of the e-applications (e- government and e-Ghana) to facilitate efficient Provision of Universal Access and effective service delivery to the public in As part of the universal access obligation, the support of the broad goal of transparent and Ministry of Communication will continue to accountable governance. In this regard, the support the extension of ICT infrastructure and Ministry will continue with the e-government services to underserved and un-served areas of network infrastructure project aimed at the country to bridge the digital divide between creating a platform for the deployment of ICT the urban and rural areas. on a shared government IT architecture and will among other things build Wimax last mile Spectrum Monitoring access networks to serve government agencies NCA and Bureau of National Communications in all the 10 regional capitals. It is also (BNC) undertook a nationwide exercise to clear expected that the Wimax network will connect all illegal spectrum occupants in the 450MHz up to 550 MDA facilities throughout the country band. In furtherance to this, NCA collaborated and also offer data rates of up to 20 Megabits successfully to migrate BNC from the 800MHz per second (Mbs). band to 450MHz band to pave way for the rolling out of the sixth mobile network that will Creation of Computer Emergency operate on the 800MHz band. Response Team (CERT) The Ministry of Finance will facilitate the establishment of a Network Operation Centre Community Information Centres (CICs) UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT Opportunities in Ghana (NOC) where computer servers and routers will be installed to receive reports of computer fraud incidence on a 24/7 basis and also Major events and activities provide remedial actions. This institutional arrangement will be responsible for addressing Full details of all Ghana ICT events will be possible issues such as computer malfunction, loaded on the UKTI website. New export cybercrime, and virus attacks among others. events in Ghana will be added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a Development of Technology Park daily, weekly or monthly basis. The Ministry of Communication will promote the development of an ICT Park under the UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) provides grant support for eligible Small & project to facilitate growth in the technology Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend industry to create the enabling environment for trade shows overseas. Find out more about real job creation in the area of ICT and UKTI support for attendance at overseas Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) business initiatives. The design and events construction phase of the project will commence at the Tema multi-purpose industrial park. UKTI contacts National Digital Migration Rubby Golo The Ministry will continue to monitor the Trade Development Manager national digital broadcasting migration process British High Commission to ensure the smooth migration process from P O Box 296, Osu Link analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Off Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue line with international convergence standards. Accra, Ghana Tel: +233 (0) 302 213265, 221665 Ext.2265 Provision of Universal Access Fax: +233 (0) 302 213274 The development of 50 common Telecom FTN: 8299 2265 Facilities that will enable telecom operators Email: rubby.golo@fco.gov.uk extend their services to many more Website: www.ukti.gov.uk communities in addition to the 378 communities under the scheme will be pursued. Further, the Ghana Investment Fund Next steps - for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) will How UKTI can help accelerate the implementation of the schools connectivity project. This will enable more British companies wishing to develop their schools to be provided with connectivity and business in the Ghanaian market are advised ICT equipment to enhance community and to undertake as much market research and distance learning. For the implementation of planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in the above activities, an amount of Ghana with its wide local knowledge and GH¢29,547,558.00 has been allocated. Out of experience can provide a range of services to this, GH¢6,280,127.00 is GOG and British-based companies wishing to grow their GH¢23,267,431.00 is from Donor partners. business in the Ghanaian market. If you have any questions on the opportunities This can include: above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this ? Provision of market information report. Business opportunities aimed ? Validated lists of agents/distributors specifically at UK companies are added daily to ? Key market players or potential UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our customers in the Chinese market staff overseas in British Embassies, High ? Establishment of interest of such Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors contacts in working with you. and in over 100 markets. You can be alerted to business opportunities on a regular basis by registering on the UKTI website. Find out more on UKTI?s business opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT Opportunities in Ghana This work is available via our Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. To find out more about commissioning this work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website to find contact details for your local UKTI office. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published March 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: ICT Opportunities in Ghana
Posted: 29 March 2011, last updated 31 March 2011

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