The Telephony Project extends the coverage of mobile telephone services into areas where access to such services is not adequately available, and where existing licensed operators have proven unwilling or unable to expand their networks, due to commercial or other constraints.
The ultimate objective of this programme is to achieve virtually 100% mobile telephone service coverage throughout Ghana, and to increase telephone subscribership to as many citizens as possible.
These are telephone mast/towers which, are provided by GIFEC in underserved and unserved communities for the provision of telecommunication services. The sites are available for co-location by telecommunication companies and other interested parties.
This project is aimed at closing the void created by the telecommunication companies in their roll-out.
While operators refuse to extend coverage to communities with less than 1,000 people for commercial and economic purposes, GIFEC in 2010 introduced the rural telephony project to extend mobile signals to unserved rural communities. It was also to enhance the quality of service in underserved communities.
The project provides second generation (2G) base stations with small cellular antennas providing free internet WI-FI services in addition to traditional voice services.
It utilizes green energy solutions, solar energy in order to prevent pollution and promote energy conservation.
The rural telephony model takes into account local resources and limitations in terms of marketing and maintenance of sites,
has dramatic reductions in CAPEX and OPEX compared to the mainstream model of extending coverage to rural areas while the sites are solar- powered and completely independent of high cost and unreliable power grid.
One of GIFEC’s core mandates is to provide internet point of presence and basic telephony services to bridge the digital divide between the served, underserved and unserved communities nationwide.
Over the years, 51 Rural Telephony sites have been built and a further 300 internet point of presence supplied.
The installation of a VSAT Hub is to provide universal access to telecommunication services for remote communities in the country.
The project, to be implemented under the award-winning Rural Telephony Project aims to motivate telecommunication operators to extend their services into locations of less commercial viability where GIFEC will bear the cost of erecting the tower.
It is to provide the same satellite communication services, delivering a terrestrial-grade experience with voice, video and data that can be extended to all unserved communities in Ghana.
This is to support the rural communities to access voice and data services at the rural telephony sites by providing them with data enabled handsets.
This is also to improve data consumption in the country.