Ghana gets telecoms journo network
TELECOMSNana Appiah, Accra, Ghana | Oct. 4, 2012, 5:39 a.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Minister of Communications Harruna Iddrisu, Dorothy Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence, and the Ghana Telecoms Chamber boss, Kweku Sakyi-Addo, will be among top notch telecom experts from government and the private sector who will participate in the official launch of a network for journalists with special interest in writing ICT news and analysis. The new Network of Communications Reporters (NCR) will be launched on Thursday at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence in Accra.
Industry players, especially telecoms operators, have shown a high level of interest in the formation of the network, which will not only help in promoting new technologies introduced into the system, but will also help educate the public about the evolving nature of the industry.
So far, the six telcos operating in Ghana have pledged their unflinching support to the network and have contributed immensely to the launch.
The Network of Communications Reporters bring together communicators with interests in ICT reporting; to equip journalists with skills in ICT reporting; to educate and inform the general public on ICT issues; to advocate for ICT as a paramount tool for development and access to international communities; and to serve as a social networking platform by which members shall help each other, when possible, to achieve their potential.
In a statement issued in Accra, the Dean of the NCR, Charles Benoni Okine, disclosed that the network had come to stay and pledged the commitment of members to ensure that ICT plays a pivotal role in the growth of the economy.
“The NCR will not allow itself to be used as a propaganda tool by any player in the ICT sector because that will defeat the purpose for which was formed,” he added.
According to the Network, it will be balanced in its reportage to ensure that it feeds the public with the right stories and analysis to enable them develop interest in ICT.
Also expected at the function will be representatives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA); Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ); Parliamentary Press Corps, among many others.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
BotswanaPost and ZimPost in money transfer dealBotswanaPost and its counterpart in Zimbabwe, ZimPost, have announced the introduction of the first inter-postal money transfer corridor. Read More
MTN, Huawei trial 2.4T WDM systemMTN, Africa's largest telecommunications operator and Huawei today announced the successful live trial of a Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4Tbit/s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system. Read More
Tigo supports 19th Ghana journalist awardsMobile Network Operator Tigo Ghana has presented 10 tablets valued at GHC20,000 to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) towards the annual Journalist Awards scheduled to take place at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra. Read More
Africell DRC to launch 3G services end-2014Africell DRC is set to launch its 3G services at the end of the year, a source close to the company told Biztechafrica this week. Read More
The impact of Movitel on ICT in MozambiqueMovitel is reported to be contributing to changing the information communication landscape in Mozambique. Read More
SSA telecoms growing faster than any other regionThe African telecoms market is set to be one of the main growth success stories for the telecoms sector in the next 5 years, according to a new report. Read More
Tigo introduces unified short code for products and servicesTigo Ghana has announced the installation of a world-class IVR (Interactive Voice Response) that will give both its pre-paid and post-paid customers the opportunity to access all its product through a unified short code, 555. Read More
TNM to conduct biggest promotion pay-outTNM will on August 26 splash out over K100 million in its Ufulu@50 Promotion, the biggest payout in a single day in the history of promotions in Malawi. Read More
We don’t patronise fake OEMs, says GloGlobacom has said it does not patronise substandard original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and telecoms equipment vendors. Read More
FEATURED STORYSafaricom-Equity battle for mobile banking hots up
Equity bank's entry to the mobile banking and telephony industry is still hanging in the balance with London-based global association of mobile operators (GSMA) calling for independent audit.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.