VENTURES AFRICA  – To hasten the slow Internet penetration, Ghana has secured US$150m loan from Huawei Technologies, a Chinese multinational telecommunications and networking company.

“Government is dissatisfied with the rate and level of Internet penetration in the country, hence the need to invest and expand infrastructure to address the situation,” said Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Haruna Iddrisu, during the 2nd Annual Ghana Telecommunication Summit 2012 organised by Mobile World magazine.

Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), an agency under the ministry, is also initiating its connectivity projects under the universal Access to Electronic Communication Programme to ensure access to the Internet in unserved and underserved communities.

“The future is about broadband and government together with the private sector will continue to invest in broadband infrastructure,” Iddrisu added.

Ghana is recognised as one of the countries in Africa with the highest growing communication sector. The total cellular/mobile voice subscribers based in Ghana as at February 2012 stood at 21,381,137; yielding a tele-density of 88.9% – a significant improvement from previous years.

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