News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 78 on 21 September 2001

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ARROW INTRODUCES WIRELESS NARROWBAND NETWORKS TO GHANA

21 September 2001

Africa’s mobile connections already exceed those provided through landlines. The geography of the continent and the lack of investment by (most) incumbent telcos means that a more diverse pattern of connectivity is waiting to emerge. Kwaku Boadu, Chief Executive of Ghana’s Arrow Networks describes how its wireless networks seeks to overcome current obstacles. Due to low wealth creation, most African countries lack good and diffused telecommunication infrastructure. Consequently we are unable to introduce networked services like credit/debit transaction systems, remote data gathering, central data depositories (for tax, health etc), and affordable internet access. Service delivery systems are therefore sub-standard and…