BY ROSEMOND BOATENG ADDAI Rosemond.firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BROADBAND Communications and Chamber (BBCC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Communication will host Braodband Ghana forum in Accra on Thursday, November 30, 2017.
At a press conference in Accra yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BBCC, Mr Elorm Gustav Tamakloe, explained that the chamber believes true broadband is absolutely essential for Ghana’s economic future.
“It is essential for our long-term productivity growth and our economic competitiveness,” he said.
Mr Tamakloe, outlining the programme for the forum, said it would be a one-day event to initiate public dialogue on how to revamp Ghana’s five-year old broadband policy and to give proper direction to the digital agenda.
He further explained that the forum, on the theme ‘Broadband: the catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development’, will discuss challenges and barriers to creating a full digitally-enabled Ghana; best practice models that are proving successful elsewhere in the developing world; new technologies and enablers of remote connectivity to address the needs of rural and remote communities, including last mile solutions, overcoming latency and speed issues; and other related issues.
The CEO also said that “we have series of presentations from key personalities and organisations under the sub-theme ‘True Broadband and the possibilities it brings.”
He pointed out that the chamber plans to present recommendations on guidelines and modalities for the complete review and update of the existing policy, taking into considerations new entrants and technologies in the broadband industry.
He said “the paradigm shifts we face today are profound, but our instinct is that the future is bright, the possibilities are exponential, and Ghana has a lot to gain from universal Broadband access only if we choose to let it be.”
He added that “we cannot reiterate enough how small businesses across the length and breadth of Ghana will be major beneficiaries as high speed Broadband allows them to compete on a level playing field.”
Again, Mr Tamakloe said the broadband would revolutionise teaching in the classrooms, health care in medical centres and hospitals and put the furthermost part of the nation into global economy to help overcome tyranny of distance.
Speakers for the forum
The main speakers for the forum are Dr Thomas Mensah, a renowned Ghanaian innovator of fibre optic technologies, and representatives of Nokia, the Finnish multinationals; CSquared, Google’s African Broadband infrastructure company; and Huawei, the Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company.