About 3.4 million Ghanaians living in underserved communities are expected to be connected to the internet by the end of 2022.
This would increase national internal access from 83% to 95%.
The Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who disclosed this at the 2021 Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) Conference in Accra, said the initiative is under the government Rural Telephony Project, which is expected to be completed in October 2022.
She said Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, a Chinese telecommunication company, has been commissioned to install 2,016 Star sites in rural communities to assist in this direction.
She said the installation of the Star sites would reduce the cost of connecting the rural communities onto the internet by 70% as compared to erecting the traditional mast.
That means the state would not just save money but also narrowing the digital gap between rural and urban Ghana, the Minister noted.
“We will leave no one behind and we are determined to accelerate the use of digital technology, applications and services at all levels,” she added.
Mrs. Ekuful noted that the project would facilitate economic development in rural Ghana when completed.
The 2021 Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) Conference was organised by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications and the Financial Inclusion Forum Africa under the theme “The Rise of Africa: Promoting Africa’s Digital Ecosystem”.
Dorcas Anorkor Addo, ISD