Ghana’s 800km fibre optic backbone commissioned

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has commissioned an 800km Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic backbone which runs through 20 districts and over 120 towns and communities in Ghana.

The project, which was started in May 2013, has been completed as promised by the president under the auspices of the Ministry of Communication and the National Information Technology Agency.

It could be recalled last year that before the country’s legislature, president Mahama reported developments on the country’s fibre optic connection spearheaded by his government which would help connect the Eastern Corridors to the information superhighway and offer huge opportunities to surrounding communities. “I wish to report that the project has been completed. The overall optic fibre installation is over eight hundred kilometres (800km). The fibre has also been extended to the University of Health and Allied Sciences. The project will open up the Eastern Corridor to the information superhighway and offer not only teaching and learning opportunities but also bring the digital economy closer to the area,” he revealed.

In furtherance of the commitment of the Government to use the medium of ICT to promote an all-inclusive information and knowledge society to benefit underserved and un-served communities, it continued to promote the Community Information Centre concept through the construction of 20 enhanced Centres in all the ten regions.

The centres are located in Keta, Battor, Techiman Krobo, Twifo Atti-Morkwa, Bodi, Effiduase, Glefe, Pantang Presby Cluster of Schools, Drobonso, Asuogyaman, Lambussie, Nandom, Welembelle, Sagnarigu, Pusiga, Nalerigu, Kpetoe, Talensi, Ofoase, Lassia-Tuolu. Ten of these have been completed and ready for commissioning.

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