GIFEC reduces grid connection costs in rural areas

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The Ghana Electronic Communications Investment Fund (GIFEC) is using the Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project to reduce the cost of network service provision that could have been carried out by telecom companies.

This is due to the provision of modern technology to ensure that all mobile devices can connect to any of the telecommunications network services.

According to the Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the government is deploying these technologies to ensure that rural populations are not excluded from the digital economy.

The minister was talking about the commissioning of two additional rural telephony sites for Dantano and Anwiem in the Ahafo region.

“The project is very critical for our digital inclusion project and we cannot wait for the telecommunications companies to do it alone because it may not be as fast as expected.”

“As a government, we are using this initiative to reduce the cost of providing network services by telecommunications companies by approximately 60% according to our projections. We hope to do more,” she said.

Previously, GIFEC had also commissioned a cyber-laboratory for the Apenamedi basic school, also in the Ahafo region.

GIFEC is the main implementing agency for the programs and projects of the Ministry of Communications and Digitization, mandated to bridge the existing digital divide in the country.

Speaking during the commissioning, GIFEC Administrator Prince Ofosu-Sefah said the Fund is committed to providing the necessary tools to ensure quality network service across the country.

“Our role in the government’s digitization agenda cannot be overstated.”

GIFEC reduces grid connection costs in rural areas

“Over the years, GIFEC has played a pivotal role in delivering and facilitating innovative solutions, which include robust infrastructure to connect the most rural communities, aimed at ensuring the inclusion of every citizen in the digital economy. , for socio-economic development,” he noted. .

Meanwhile, the Fund will also set up a state-of-the-art ICT lab for the top 20 schools from the Girls in ICT program which has just ended in the region.

A 12-year-old, Juliet Delali, a student from Sankore D/A JHS emerged as the big winner.

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