Ghana has recently begun a partnership with Nokia to begin trials for introducing the ultra-fast 5G network, the trials which are not limited to Nokia will be a series of partnerships by the government with other multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics companies in Ghana.
Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, shared her plan of getting Ghana on par technologically with the rest of the world.
According to her, “It is only a matter of time before connected 5G devices will be on our streets and homes, and we have to look and plan ahead and look at the kind of infrastructure we need to put in place to support this evolution taking place. We are still at the very preliminary stages of this issue, and so when we have more information, we will put it before the Ghanaian people. We are having our regulators and technical people look at that space to offer the best training so as to equip our people to also benefit from all these innovations.”
The National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and the National Communication Authority (NCA) are discussing the modalities of these trials.
The Communications Minister noted that a lot has changed since the introduction of that policy document in 2003 and there is the need for a review of that policy document to be more forward-looking because developments in the sector have long overtaken the policy. The ministry will, therefore, be having a conference to kick-start the process with the office of the vice-president and key international stakeholders and