Communication Minister, Dr. Omane Boamah, Shares his Views on ‘the Contention on Broadband Affordability’ in Ghana

Below is a part (on Broadband affordability) of the full speech that was delivered by Ghana’s Communication Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, at the 1st Ghana Multi-stakeholder forum on affordable internet at the Kofi Annan ICT Center on Tuesday, 11th February, 2014.

“Mr. Chairman, Distinguish Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen, the contention on broadband affordability however is how to ensure universal broadband usage at all times at seeds capable of guaranteeing adequate capacity usage especially during peak times and affordable price irrespective of geographic location.

Ghana’s broadband policy defines broadband as bandwidth that provides internet speeds greater than 2 megabits per second by 2020. This target I believe can be achieved with a collective and concerted effort by Government and the Private sector.

Government recently, undertook a Digital Divide Study to provide evidence about the nature and causes of broadband divide and the reasons for its persistence. The study which has been completely collected and analysed information in three broad areas namely:

Penetration/diffusion of internet and broadband
Demographics, characteristics, challenges and trends relating to internet and Broadband usage
Effectiveness of current policy and regulatory interventions in facilitating Ghanaians’ use of internet and Broadband.”
According to the Minster, the study has given his Ministry the baseline information to lead to improved policies, regulations, practices and ultimately, a closing of the divide within Ghana. He cautioned that Ghana needs to sustain the study to identify the gaps inn universal affordability in internet usage. He urged A4AI to collaborate with his ministry and its agencies such as NITA, GIFEC and the regulator, NCA to sustain the research on the internet divide in 2014.

The forum was powered by the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI).

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