A US-based multinational technology company Google, has launched an initiative to provide faster and more reliable internet access for Ghanaians.
Dubbed: “Project link”, it is to construct 2,000 kilometers of fibre to give local internet service providers more speed and capacity to meet the escalating demands of users.
It is expected to be completed in 2016 and will be piloted in Accra, Tema and Kumasi
Mrs Estelle Akofio-Sowah, Google Ghana Manager, disclosed this in Accra at the launch of the project in Accra.
She said local internet service providers or mobile operators will be able to tap into Project Link, to provide superfast network to their customers.
“Entrepreneurs are inspired by what they can do online, but today, their ability to participate fully on the web can be hindered by the availability, quality and cost of internet access. We aim to change that,” she said.
She said “with the help of Project Link, internet providers in Accra, Tema and Kumasi will have access to a superfast fibre network that can help them enhance their services and meet the bandwidth needs of Ghana’s biggest cities”.
Mrs Akofio-Sowah said Ghana was the second country after Uganda to benefit from the project noting that over 700 kilometres of fibre was constructed in Uganda to enhance the quality of their internet.
Deputy Minister of Communications, Mr. Felix Kwakye Ofosu, lauded Goggle for bringing the project to Ghana and pledged government’s commitment of ensuring that the project is completed successfully.
By Bernard Benghan