Ghana was among the first countries in Africa connected to the internet and to introduce ADSL broadband services. The sector is highly competitive with more than 140 licensed ISPs, although the market is dominated by only a few players. Internet user growth was for many years held back by the poor condition of the national fixed-line network and the high cost of connectivity. As a result, internet penetration, by population, languished below 10%. However, the sector has in recent years developed rapidly following the introduction of wireless and 3G mobile and wireless broadband technologies such as HSPA, WiMAX and iBurst. In addition, the arrival of a further two international fibre links in 2012 and 2013 dramatically brought down pricing for international bandwidth, and these lower costs have been passed on to consumers. The re-privatised national carrier, Ghana Telecom, under the Vodafone banner, is also more effective in driving the broadband market by expanding its retail and wholesale offerings.
A fifth international submarine fibre optic cable comes on stream; WHO-sponsored eHealth system developments; fibre network for Eastern Corridor completed; bandwidth cost plummets to a tenth of the price in 2007; regulator’s market data to July 2013; telcos’ operating data to Q2 2013; market developments to June 2014.
Companies covered in this report include:
Vodafone (Ghana Telecom); Expresso Telecom; Globacom; Network Computer Systems (NCS); InternetGhana; Africa Online; BusyInternet; Linkserve; IDN; Infinite Stream Ghana; Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG); Cactel Communications; Main One; O3b Networks; VoltaCom; Internet Solutions; Phase3 Telecom.