Ghana was among the first countries in Africa connected to the internet and to introduce ADSL services. The sector is highly competitive, with more than 140 licensed ISPs though only a few players provide the bulk of services. Internet user growth was for many years held back by the poor condition of the national fixed-line network and by the high cost of connectivity. However, following the introduction of wireless and 3G mobile and wireless broadband technologies such as HSPA and WiMAX, the sector has in recent years developed rapidly. 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 government has also invested in building extensive fibre infrastructure in the Eastern and Western Corridors. The re-privatised national carrier, Ghana Telecom, under the Vodafone banner, has also been more effective in driving the broadband market by expanding its retail and wholesale offerings.
Microsoft and SpectraLink Wireless trial white spaces broadband; 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 December 2014; operators’ data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Vodafone (Ghana Telecom); Expresso Telecom; Globacom; Network Computer Systems (NCS); InternetGhana; Africa Online; Busy Internet; Linkserve; IDN; Infinite Stream Ghana; Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG); Cactel Communications; Main One; O3b Networks; VoltaCom; Internet Solutions; Phase3 Telecom.