- The NCC has licensed four GSM operators, regional FWA carriers, an SNO and two long distance carriers. In an interview with Shina Badaru of Business Day, these, reckons NCC’s CEO Ernest Ndukwe: "will provide incentives to private players to take service to rural areas, while the smaller players in such regions will find a competitive platform for service provisioning."
"2.8 million lines for a population of between 120 to 150 million people is nothing...I hear people claiming that maybe we should wait until the quality of what we are expanding now (catches up)...I just laugh at them. He says that it’s like saying the people in Gombe should wait until the quality of service in Lagos is good before they can have a telephone service: "I would like to know that in ten years time, we have between 14 and 15 million lines in this country."
He made clear that the NCC was not going to outlaw IP technology and that this was worrying operators as cyber-cafes could offer IP calling if licensed by the NCC:"What is important is (not the technology you use) that you have a licence to do what you are doing." He pointed out that cyber-cafes would need to buy a line from a designated provider that has been licensed to do international voice.
- Maxwell Kadiri of GIPI who has played a key role in the ICT sector behind the scenes is leaving to go to the Open Society Initiative.
- The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has appointed Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a Ghanaian national, as its next Chief Executive Officer, effective September 8, 2003. He will succeed Dr. David Souterwho leaves the organisation on September 6, 2003 after seven years in office.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah is a former Minister of Communication and Acting Chairman of the National Communication Authority of the Republic of Ghana and one-time Ambassador of Ghana to the United States and Mexico. He also served as Minister of Education, Minister responsible for Mines and Energy, and member of UNESCO’s Executive Board in Paris. Prior to his appointments in the Ghanaian government, Dr. Spio-Garbrah was Head of Communication of the Abidjan-based African Development Bank and an External Relations Officer of the International Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. He worked earlier for Southwestern Bell Corporation and Hill and Knowlton, Inc., both of the U.S.A. He will start work on 8 September 2003.