Mr. Kofi Asante, the Acting Administrator of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive Officer of telecommunication giant MTN Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Twum Asante in Accra.
The visit was part of his familiarization tour to major stakeholders of GIFEC and as part of efforts to strengthen the existing working relationship between the two companies.
In an address, Mr. Twum Asante said MTN Ghana is undertaking some activities to ensure that, challenges associated with voice and data communications are addressed to help customers of MTN enjoy good services.
Mr. Twum Asante noted that because of high competition in the telecom industry, MTN is considering both rural/road fiber optic to improve service by offering customers with high-speed connection.
According to him, the fiber optic would help to extend Wi-Fi to senior high schools and the rural communities more easily, adding it would improve on digital penetration.
He stated that MTN’s 4G has helped to modernize the networks and offer good service to its customers.
Touching on the Eastern Corridor fibre optic, Mr. Twum Asante said MTN will tap into that to provide services to the people living in those areas and urged the government to review the Communication Act to reflect the current trends in the industry.
While expressing gratitude to the GIFEC boss for the visit, Mr. Twum Asante advocated more dialogue between GIFEC and MTN to help strengthen the existing working relationship in order to extend universal services to the underserved and unserved communities in the country.
Mr. Kofi Asante disclosed that plans are afoot for GIFEC to roll out its new initiatives this year and the coming years, citing the Cocoa Community Connectivity Initiative.
The project when carried out, he posited, would enable farmers in the cocoa communities to transact their businesses digitally because GIFEC will provide free internet in those communities.
Mr. Asante said GIFEC will also focus on computer literacy for people living in the cocoa communities and provide free computer training for the rural folks to help them to be part of the technological world.
On the internet connectivity to the cocoa communities, he stressed that GIFEC as part of its plans would provide free Wi-Fi to these community to enable people in the community have free access to internet.
Mr. Asante appealed to the management of MTN to extend support to the “coding for kids” programme that GIFEC intends to start this year, indicating the project when properly executed would help kids in animation and programming.
He however thanked Mr. Twum and his team in their effort of working assiduously in extending universal access to the rural communities.