Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo get fibre optic connectivity
Work on a 120 kilometre fibre cable project, that will offer automatic broadband Internet connectivity between Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo begins on Tuesday at Bolgatanga, north of Ghana.
The project, which involves the establishment of a number of cell sites, is meant to ensure improved telecommunication services within the sub region and beyond.
It forms part of the countries’ commitment to join the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to develop broadband linkages connecting main towns and capitals in Africa by 2012.
Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Communication, Ernest Attuquaye Armah, who officially launched the project, said the development would give real meaning to Ghana’s quest for regional integration through effective deployment of ICTs as well as boost its associated trade and commerce.
The project was initiated after a ministerial declaration between Burkina Faso and Ghana in 2009 to start the fibre optic connectivity.
Vodafone Ghana Telecom Company, the largest telecom company in the country, is undertaking the project in partnership with the government of Ghana.
Edwin Provencal, Vodafone Wholesale’s managing director, said the company is the only service provider supporting the government to connect the less deprived areas to the information superhighway.
Communication between the Ghana and Burkina Faso was badly affected by the lack of a direct and reliable link over the past years, but Mohammed Morchid, managing director of ONATEL-SA, a subsidiary of group Maroc Telecomin Burkina Faso, was hopeful that the project would improve the situation by reducing the high cost and transit rights to establish calls.