News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 54 on 12 January 2001

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GHANA - RAPID GROWTH IN INTERNET USE DESPITE COST CONSTRAINTS

12 January 2001

Ghana was amongst the first countries in Africa to get connected. Although it suffers from all the usual constraints on growth - especially the high costs of connectivity - it is estimated that around half a million people have access to the web in some form. Kwami Ahiabenu describes the development of Ghana’s internet culture. The genesis of the internet in Ghana started in the early nineties(1989/90) with the initiation of a pilot project by the Pan African Development Information system (PADIS) and the International Development Centre (IDRC) Fidonet network to connect the Ghana National Scientific and Technological Information Network…