$15m fibre infrastructure for Accra launched

Dr Omane Boamah,Minister of Communicatios (2)A 15 MILLION dollar fibre infrastructure project aimed at improving internet connectivity was launched in Accra last Thursday.

Launching it, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Minister for Communications said the government continued to invest in information technology to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban communities.

He said for the first time, businesses in Accra will not only connect to the global community but to their branch offices, disaster recovery sites, remote data centres and government agencies.

Dr. Omane-Boamah also expressed optimism that the new project would enhance telemedicine and video conferencing between Ghanaian medical professionals and their counterparts abroad.

“I foresee video conferencing for distance learning between our educational institutions and global institutions or remote surgery via a video conference between our local hospitals and global medical experts. With this structure in place, the possibilities are endless for Ghana,” he said.

The project is being executed by Internet Solutions and their partners, Tech-Centrum, Infra-tele Solutions Ghana Limited and Tejas Network

On May 18, 2015 President John Mahama inaugurated the 800 kilometre Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Project to provide uninterrupted internet link to the Volta, Northern and Upper East Regions.

Beneficiary towns include Ho, Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbilla, Yendi, Tamale, Gushegu and Bawku and villages along the route.

Similarly, a 4g LTE network was commissioned in all district capitals and a 10 Gbps fibre ring in Accra.

Dr.Omane-Boamah said government has entered into a public private partnership to provide primary data in Accra and Kumasi.

Currently, he said the National Data Centre in Accra was considered the largest in West Africa while the one in Kumasi provides web hosting and efficient service to servers.

He said the Communications ministry was putting up a real estate infrastructure for business process outsourcing centre to provide more than 10, 000 jobs for Ghanaians.

To give impetus to the vision of training more young girls in information and communications technology, he said a National Girls’ in ICT Day was initiated in 2012 and observed every year.

He commended internet solutions for its support in economic diversification and innovation.

 By Malik Sullemana

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