Ghana: Rural telephony project 50% complete

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has completed 50% of its mobile connectivity programme in rural areas of the country, reports GhanaWeb. Appearing before the Public Accounts Committee earlier this week, GIFEC CEO Prince Ofosu Sefah revealed 1,008 of the 2,016 mobile sites being deployed under the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project had been...

AMN signs NAAS deal with Orange Madagascar

Infrastructure supplier AMN Group has signed a Network-as-a-Service (NAAS) contract with Orange Madagascar to build a minimum of 500 mobile network base stations in rural areas of the country. The ten-year agreement will enable Orange to extend 2G and 3G mobile coverage to more than a million people in previously unserved areas, bringing social, economic and educational...

Ghana: Govt extends rural telephony to 1,353 communities

The Ghanaian government, through the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), has constructed 1,003 rural telephony sites under the Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project, Graphic reports. Presenting the 2023 Budget Statement and Government Economic Policy to parliament, Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta noted the deployments had benefitted 1,353 rural communities, which now...

Africa Mobile Networks secures $20 million loan to further expand telecom services in rural Africa

 According to the GSMA, 54% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to mobile telephone services despite the acceleration of digital transformation on the continent. These unconnected people mostly reside in rural areas. Telecom tower builder Africa Mobile Networks (AMN) has secured a USD 20 million loan from Finnfund and BlueOrchard Finance to...

Govt provides USD200m for rural telephony and digital inclusion

The Ghanaian government has invested USD200 million to enable the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to accomplish its rural telephony and digital inclusion projects across the country, Ghanaian Times reported. The project, which forms part of the government’s ‘Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project’, seeks to facilitate the provision of universal access...

Mozambique planning free Wi-Fi areas for every district

Mozambique’s government has committed to improving connectivity in rural areas by installing free Wi-Fi internet access points in all 154 districts of the country by 2024. A press release from the National Communications Institute (Instituto Nacional de Comunicacoes de Mocambique, INCM) says alongside the deployment of these ‘digital squares’, authorities will be enabling free broadband internet...

Ghana wants to connect 3 million rural people to telecom services by 2023

Ghana is banking on the growing digital sector to accelerate its economy and post-Covid recovery. To this end, the government wants to guarantee access to basic telecom services for all populations, especially those living in rural areas. The Ghanaian government has committed around €155 million to bridge the gap in telecommunications network connectivity. The money will be...

Vodacom Tanzania inks deal with Eutelsat to reach remote regions

Vodacom Tanzania has signed an agreement with Eutelsat Communications that will bolster connectivity to underserved regions by utilising Eutelsat’s KONNECT high-throughput satellite. These services will be delivered under Vodacom’s brand and installation of equipment at customer locations will be done by Konnect Africa. In service since end of 2020, Eutelsat KONNECT is a new-generation High...

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