Ghana: Over 1000 Cell Sites Completed – Communications Minister

More than 1000 of the 2016 Cell Sites being constructed across the country by the government to improve internet penetration to bridge the digital divide have been completed, Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has stated.

She said 476 of the Cell Sites had been connected and the beneficiary communities now had access to internet and communication services, adding that the project would connect about 4 million people in the underserved communities with internet.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful stated this at the 2023 Ghana Internet Governance Forum on the theme; ‘Building a Secure and Sustainable Digital Future,’ the Cell Sites project started in November 2020, as part of efforts by her ministry to bridge the digital divide and bring internet access to the doorstep of the citizens.

Organised by the Ghana Domain Name Registry (GDNR) and the Ghana Internet Governance Internet Forum, it was attended by some Members of Parliament, representatives of government agencies, the private sector, students and the general public.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained that 1010 out of the 2016 cell sites had been completed, and the remaining was expected to be completed before the end of next year.

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation pledged the government’s commitment to initiating policies and projects to bridge the digital divide and promote digital inclusion.

“The implementation of our digital agenda required collaborated engagements with stakeholders including civil society organisations, businesses, internet service providers and the general public to provide a platform for guidance and ensuring systems were standardised in ensuring they withstand attacks,” she stated.