Broadband Chamber initiative could see revision of Ghana’s Broadband Policy
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s Broadband Communication Chamber is expected to present a white paper to the Minister of Communication early next month.
While details of the content remain sketchy, Biztechafrica’s source in the corridors of the Chamber believes it contains roadmaps to achieving a regime of affordable internet connectivity in the country.
According to Biztechafrica’s source, the Chamber will also be announcing a local participation forum which will have in attendance local broadband operators and other stakeholders in the telecom industry.
These initiatives undertaken by the Broadband Communication Chamber are believed to be efforts to draw the Minister of Communication and the regulator, the National Communications Authority’s attention to the ever pressing needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) including making available regulatory frameworks in areas that will help reduce and eliminate as much as possible barriers and obstacles which impedes uniformity and standardization in order to enhance growth and competitiveness in the industry.
BBCC believes that such clear-cut frameworks will provide the industry greater access to the much needed investment for the rapid expansion of broadband particularly to underserved and unserved areas of the country.
The Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful during her last meeting with the chamber last year promised a national stakeholders forum within the first quarter of 2018 which will be used to address some of the bottlenecks confronting the smooth implementation of affordable internet connectivity. But up till date nothing concerning the forum to revise the country’s broadband policy has been heard either from the ministry of Communication or NCA.
In another development, the Deputy Minister of Communication, George Andah, has confirmed that Mobile Money Interoperability will be rolled from May 10, 2018.
“It’s true that the mobile money interoperability may not have been on board until now, but I can assure you that on the 10th of May, we are going with the live launch of interoperability in Ghana. It’s not just for transfers between mobile money operators, it’s also for transfers between mobile money operators and the banks we have in the country,” he said.
He noted that having the interoperability platform in place and having the Ghana card in place will create that right ecosystem, will drive the digitization of Ghana, and the formalization of the economy.