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Gov't to provide telecommunication service to unserved communities---Minister

Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Akuffu has said Government has a policy to expand access of telecommunication services to all unserved and underserved parts of the country.

According to the Minister a number of measures have been put in place to extend coverage to improve telecommunications connectivity in unserved communities including those in the Afadzato South constituency.  

This was when MP for the area, Angela Oforiwa Alorwu-Tay wanted to know when nine communities in her constituency would be provided with mobile telephone network connectivity.

"Mr. Speaker, the Ghana Investment fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) is implementing the rural telephony project to extend coverage into areas where access to such services is not available due to the unwillingness or inability for mobile network operators (MNO’s) to extend their networks there for commercial or other considerations.

GIFEC has conducted a drive test in the communities without network connectivity including the nine communities; they would be covered under the rural telephony project."  

The Minister further noted that Airtel/Tigo has coverage in Golokwati, Tafi Atome Sroe Soboko, Have and Kpeve in the Afadjato South Constituency.

And work with GIFEC to extend services to communities without coverage in the constituency under the rural telephony project.

MTN Ghana intends to extend coverage to three of the affected communities in the Afadjato South Constituency namely Liati Soba, Tafi Agoma and Goviefe Todzi in 2020.
 
When completed would connect all underserved and unserved communities in Ghana as we work assiduously to narrow the digital divide and ensure all citizens benefit from the digital economy, she added.
  
Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com

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