Minister for communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has indicated that government is determined to as a matter of urgency, secure an affordable and easily deployable solution in its quest to extend mobile connectivity in the country.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, who was speaking at the Global Ministerial roundtable discussions on the initiatives put in place to ensure the development of ICT and telephony to accelerate the socio-economic development of Ghana, said bridging the wide digital divide is crucial for the country’s socio-economic development.
The Minister is leading a Ghanaian delegation of investors, innovators as well as project and decision makers from the ICT ecosystem to the 2018 Telecom World Conference and Exhibition in Durban, South Africa.
She said the “widening digital gap” was as a result of the growth in teledensity in urban areas fuelled by mobile technological uptake, plus the consideration by the network provider that the extension of connection to the rural areas is not commercially viable.
Assuring that the government’s commitment to rewrite the narrative, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said a deliberate agenda to digitize Ghana with an ambitious technological programme of infrastructural development, national broadband infrastructure and connectivity with the unserved and underserved at the heart of the agenda is being vigorously pursued.
The government of Ghana in recognition of the “importance of connectivity for socio-economic development” she told the ITU World Telecom conference believes “it’s imperative that all citizens benefit from the opportunities presented by digitization.”