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Ghana to roll out 5G network services within six months says Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

At a news conference on Thursday, May 30, 2024, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister for Communications and Digitalization, made this announcement and said the landmark partnership agreement was signed in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 27, 2024.

She revealed that the business that was granted a 5G license in Ghana, Next-Gen InfraCo (NGIC), plans to roll out internet services throughout the nation within the allotted time frame before expanding to other African countries.

She goes on to say that NGIC is a partnership established by the Ghanaian government and seven additional partners.

These include two carriers, AT Ghana and Telecel Ghana, as well as Ascend Digital, K-NET, Radisys, Nokia, and Tech Mahindra.

She also added that there will soon be talks about Microsoft’s interest in working on Ghana’s 5G infrastructure projects. Microsoft is a major global IT company.

By accelerating digital agenda drives in Ghana’s healthcare, education, and digital payment activities, the rollout of 5G internet services seeks to close the digital divide and advance financial inclusion.

“The Ghanaian public, Ascend Digital, K-NET, all mobile operators in Ghana, and other private investors, including technology providers who may wish to join the consortium, will hold the equity of NGIC,” she said.

Furthermore, as communications service providers (CSPs) seek to engage enterprise and consumer markets with expanded digital services, the multiplayer relationship will assist NGIC throughout the whole deployment of network infrastructure and related services.

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