An always on, 256kbps or more broadband connection for 50% of Ghana’s people is being promised by 2015, with hopes of boosting the GDP some 6.9% within the time frame. This is what Ghana’s new Broadband Strategy is all about. This comes barely a couple of months after the country announced a project to link all regional and district capitals to fibre for internet.
The strategy is being fashioned out of existing ICT policies and takes into consideration all on-going projects and plans underway in the sector. I want to call this BB4GH-2015. Mostly when strategies and plans are being drawn their endpoint is so far off, they become hard to follow (Vision 2020, 2015). This on the other hand seems within reach and largely attainable under the right circumstances.
The opportunities this creates are endless but are subject to the response of the people. Imagine Ghana’s own “dot.com.gh” bubble. One service comes to mind, Skype (but is it legal). Oh and distance education and e-learning, software-as-a-service. If only we have online payment platforms by say 2011, then all will definitely be set right.
One thing though, How fair will this 50% penetration be. One in every two Ghanaian will have broadband across the country is what i hope is being discussed. we are all very aware of how Accra is the new-world Ghana and the rest of us are far left behind, and with that the country is still making some progress….. So lets hope 50% doesn’t end up being everyone in Accra, some people in Kumasi, a few in Western and Eastern and a handful of the rest.
The draft strategy available currently doesn’t really tackle the issue of geographical distribution as yet.
Anyway I believe we are more than ready as a country but a little work needs to be done with the people to prepare us.