GHANA’S ISP ASSOCIATION NEGOTIATES $9500 DUPLEX ON SAT3 WITH GT TO SESIMBRA

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The Ghanaian ISP association GISPA has received a letter of confirmation from incumbent Ghana Telecom of the deal it has negotiated for its members. It will allow them to buy an E1 to Sesimbra for $4,500 and an E1 capacity IP link back for US$5,000.

The cost of SAT3 bandwidth has become a political issue in Ghana and there has been discussion at the policy level about separating Ghana Telecom’s SAT3 asset when it is privatised. The letter of confirmation was copied to the Ministry of Communications.

In the past, GISPA has asked the regulator to intervene on its behalf because Ghana Telecom is a monopoly supplier of this international bandwidth. Its national monopoly expires in April 2007. Industry sources say that the regulator NCA questioned Ghana Telecom about price levels and expects prices to come down further.