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Ghana’s shared 5G infrastructure will be game changer, says Ursula

Addressing the media on Thursday (30 May), Owusu-Ekuful said the initiative, which is the first of its kind in Africa, will boost growth in Ghana's economy

The Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said Ghana’s shared 5G infrastructure will be a game changer in the telecom sector.

The government this week announced its partnership with seven industry players on a new shared infrastructure to deliver affordable 5G mobile broadband services across Ghana.

The seven partners are Ascend Digital, K-NET, Radisys, Nokia, and Tech Mahindra and two telcos – AT Ghana and Telecel Ghana.

The partners have established the Next-Gen Infrastructure Company (NGIC), which has been awarded a 5G license and is expected to launch 5G services across Ghana within the next six months, followed by expansion to other parts of Africa.

The company will be the first 5G Mobile Broadband Shared Infrastructure Entity to build a nationwide 4G/5G network. It will also work with the telcos to launch affordable 4G/5G-enabled FWA CPEs and smartphones in Ghana within this calendar year.

Addressing the media on Thursday (30 May), Owusu-Ekuful said the initiative, which is the first of its kind in Africa, will boost growth in Ghana’s economy.

“There’s a lot of interest being shown in this network in the world of technology because it’s a trailblazer and it can be a gamechanger for rolling out technology on the continent,” she said.

“So a lot of interest is being shown in it. And that’s why so many of the technology majors are interested in partnering us to deliver it. Instead of competing with each other, they want to collaborate to show that it is doable, it is possible. “

Owusu-Ekuful added “And so we’re all very, very excited about it. When it was launched in India on Monday, over 100 networks across the world carried it. And so it is of great interest to everybody.”

Listen to Ursula Owusu-Ekuful in the attached audio clip below:

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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