GHANA'S GISPA AGREES CONDITIONS WITH GHANA TELECOM AND MOVES ON TO PRICE
The secretary of Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) Eric Osiakwan, last week, told the Business Chronicle in Accra that the negotiations between GISPA and Ghana Telecom to purchase the SAT 3 capacity had reached the pricing stage this week, after successfully agreeing to the conditions for negotiations.
Prior to the breakdown of the negotiation, Ghana Telecom had sent GISPA a series of conditions upon which they would give GISPA a special or reduced price. "We have currently finished with negotiating for the conditions. We are now currently negotiating on the price at which we are going to get the bandwidth under these conditions," he added.
According to Osiakwan, the opening price for a two Meg circuit was USD9,000 and they hoped to negotiate it downwards. He said after some calculations had been done, members of GISPA would be very competitive in the Internet service provision business if the price were to be between USD4000 and USD6000. He said this would help them meet the market they had created by providing one Meg at USD245.
He was optimistic that Ghana Telecom would be able to meet the market price suggested. Osiakwan further indicated that the National Communications Authority (NCA) had indicated that GT did not go through certain processes with them, leading to the NCA dealing with GT, taking them through the regulatory processes. Osiakwan said the restart of the negotiation was due to intervention from the ministry of communication.