Ghana inaugurates US$2.6 million Internet gateway project

Fibre_cable_dlritterThe 120km cable is expected to boost internet bandwidth in West Africa. (Image source: dlritter/sxc)Ghana has completed a US$2.6 million fibre interconnectivity project that connects the country to Togo and Burkina Faso

The broadband linkage project was completed by Vodafone Wholesale, a subsidiary of Vodafone Ghana, in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Communications.

The 120km cable is expected to boost Internet bandwidth in West Africa and attract investment in the three countries.

Ghana communications minister Haruna Iddrisu reiterated the government's commitment to ensuring that Ghana joins the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) by developing broadband linkages connecting main towns and capitals in Africa by 2012.

"The completion of this project therefore puts Ghana in a good position to turn the country into a major cable gateway," he said.

Vodafone Wholesale managing director Lucy Quist said, "The company believes in the potential of this region and would partner Ghana to increase investment opportunities in the country."

She assured the countries that the company has put in place measures to prevent people from stealing the cables.

Burkina Faso communications technical advisor Koispoisli Piecie said the Bolgatanga-Cinkasse International Fibre Connectivity Project would promote other developmental projects in Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso.

Piecie encouraged Vodafone Wholesale to develop more initiatives to connect the three countries while benefiting other countries as well.

Vodafone Wholesale has an extensive fibre network distribution across Ghana and provides bandwidth to Internet service providers and mobile networks.

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