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Akin Naphtal

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The organisers of the annual Ghana Telecoms Awards have praised local telcos for their progress.

Speaking for the organizers, Akin Naphtal, who is the Group Executive Director for the UK-based magazine Mobile World, said this year’s awards entries were of a higher caliber than last year’s. “It is a huge improvement from last year’s awards,” he says. “And it can only get better next year.”

Naphtal said Ghana’s telecoms operators were faced with challenges beyond their control, such as power problems, capacity building and multiple taxes. They also had to deliver profit to their investors.

“I don’t think they fall short,” he says. Ghana’s telecom industry is showing a lot of progress. We need to praise those who are doing well.”

Naphtal says: “We should ask ourselves where the government has fallen short and be able to draw the balance. We are currently working on a half-day West Africa Telecom Regulatory Forum to further discuss these issues.”

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