ICT / E-commerce
Ghana is attracting the attention of the global telecommunications community as the low access rates and market potentials of the country are increasingly becoming clear.
Current internet capacity for the country is 120 gigabytes per second. A new fibre optic cable from GLO, the telecom giant, has just arrived, adding a connection capacity of 620 gigabytes. Ghana is preparing to take advantage of a myriad of national and international tele-data services, and to expand into much more global communication. The internet penetration and use will increase enormously, partly through the increasing smartphone use.
The current mobile penetration rate in Ghana is 67 percent or about 12 million users. The main telecom network operators are MTN, Vodafone, GLO, Tigo and Airtel. It is estimated that there are about 30 million mobile phones in the country ( 2014).
Ghana’s mobile phone penetration rate has risen to 59.7 per cent after the voice subscriber base climbed to over 31 million (2015). The dramatic rise in the number of people with access to mobile phones has been attributed to the recent push telecommunication companies to expand their network coverage.
In order for the country to take full advantage of the huge influx of new bandwidth, there is a need to build more telecom and data infrastructure. The national communication backbone has a single fiber network ring which spans from north to south around the country. Ghana needs state-of-the-art managed data-centers across its regions, in order to facilitate business activities and support mission critical data and telecommunication applications. It is now critical for the country to embrace business process automation, and move away from manual, paper-based systems
The infrastructure needs present investment opportunities in the following areas: