The Ministry of Communications and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), working in partnership with mobile network operators and Huawei, is rolling out a Rural Telephony Project to provide data and voice connectivity to two thousand and sixteen (2,016) rural telephony sites strategically located in underserved and unserved communities across the country.
The President of the country, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, November 4th, commissioned a Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project site, at Atwereboana in the Adansi South District, in the Ashanti Region.
These sites will provide network coverage to over 300,000 communities, and provide an opportunity for over three million people to connect with their relatives and friends, enabling these communities to be accessible for social, economic, health and educational engagements not only with other parts of the country but also with the rest of the world.
Government, has secured a €155 million facility from the China Exim Bank to finance this telephony extension project, which will also provide new areas for ICT growth in Ghana, whilst raising substantially the level of ICT literacy, especially during this COVID-19 era, where the need and demand for ICT skills have increased exponentially.
The provision of the Rural Telephony Site will allow people in beneficiary rural communities to connect with families and friends outside their localities and also give them access to online information, educational tools, the ability to access mobile financial services and to transact business nationwide.
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