In its quest to increase broadband accessibility across the country, Government has announced that it will set up Community Information Centres in all districts of the country.
The centres, which would be stocked with state-of-the-art computers and wireless internet connectivity, would support the drive for accelerated e-literacy.
According to Gideon Quarcoo, the Deputy Minister of Communication, other plans of government to develop Information Communication Technology (ICT) would include the establishment of optical fiber backbone that covers the districts with capillarity to sub-districts; a national e-Platform with an interoperable enterprise architecture that would support Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and their applications.
Mr. Quarcoo made this known at a seminar on Wireless & Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure for stakeholders in the wireless & telecommunication industry.
He said wireless communications had expanded significantly in the past years, adding that this would enhance the future of data transfer across the country. “There is no doubt that wireless is now a viable competitor to wired telephone service. As we rapidly become an information society, wireless has significant potential to serve our information needs to a very great extent,” he added.
Despite this, he noted, one major challenge faced by the telecom operators is the apparent lack of transmission infrastructure, noting, “Where it is even available, the apparent high cost for leasing such capacity is mostly transferred to the consumer.”
He was hopeful that the seminar would generate practical directions on interventions that “could help resolve the serious obstacle to the achievement of a national ICT development objective.”
The seminar was organized by Unified Networks, a Swedish-based provider of wired and wireless network infrastructure.
The company is presently involved in project supervision and management for a microwave infrastructure in East Africa that would cover more than 250 active links with 400 Mbps capacity in the network.
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