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E-CONNECTA, in collaboration with the government, has launched SkyFi Internet Services to give Ghanaians access to faster internet experience in the country.
The first Phase of the internet service covers areas such as Accra Technical University, Tema Lorry Station, Kotoka International Airport, Burma Camp, Korle-Bu, University of Professional Studies, Makola, Osu and the 37 Military Hospital.
Launching the new Internet service, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communication, said the innovative idea will help Ghanaians, especially students, to beef up their research work on campus.
According to him, the government is committed to collaborating with private investors and one of such team-ups has led to SkyFi internet service providers offering high-speed internet at very affordable prices and good quality for the benefit of everybody, irrespective of location.
The minister said the country has become less expensive as more service providers enter the market to offer competitive rates to customers and that the government will always open its doors for more competition.
Market for internet usage
The acting CEO of E-Connecta, Mr. Kobina Richardson, commenting on the facility, said with the world heading to the internet, an increasing number of individuals, businesses and institutions are going to find it more challenging to cope without access to a good and a reliable internet.
The new internet service, according to him, offers a lot of opportunities for growth for a developing economy like Ghana. The internet has already improved development by making communication more efficient in Africa.
He said this had created a huge market for internet usage but the internet market in Ghana still lacked innovation needed by the consumer to take advantage of the potential and technological benefits available.
Mr. Richardson said SkyFi had identified the internet market as an entry point in providing a wide range of services to the Ghanaian consumer.
He said the WiFi Hotspot service SkyFi has been designed and deployed to provide very cheap and reliable internet access to the Ghanaian consumer to improve their standard of living.
“We hope to offer high speed Wi-Fi services with an integrated payment system (mobile money, card payment etc) to ensure access to all.
“We commend the government on such an initiative and we hope to see more of such mutually beneficial partnerships in the future to advance Ghana’s economic development,” he added.
Dignitaries present at the launch included Governing Council Chairman and Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Mr. E. T. Mensah, the Director General, NITA, George Atta-Boateng, the Rector of Accra Technical University, and heads of departments among others.
Skyfi Wi-Fi service will extend its coverage to other parts of the country with an increased focus on tertiary institutions.