CLOSING DIGITAL DIVIDE CRUCIAL TO GHANA’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVT – URSULA

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Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said bridging Ghana’s wide digital divide is crucial to the country’s socio-economic development of the country.

As a result, she noted, government is embarking on a deliberate agenda to digitize Ghana, which is an ambitious technological programme of infrastructural development with national broadband infrastructure and connectivity with the unserved and underserved at the heart of the agenda.

41619234_2126468654094775_8250489024356024320_oThe government of Ghana in recognition of the “importance of connectivity for socio-economic development”, she told the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference in Durban, South Africa, believes “it’s imperative that all citizens benefit from the opportunities presented by digitization and it is crucial that we close the digital divide which threatens to further marginalize the most vulnerable in our communities.”

She said as government of Ghana scales up its digitization effort, the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) — which is mandated by law to provide financial resources for the establishment of universal service and universal access to all communities and to facilitate the provision of access to basic telephony, internet services, multimedia broadband and broadcasting services — is playing an increasingly “critical role” in the digital transformation “our countryside.”

She said the growth in teledensity in urban areas fueled by mobile technological uptake has resulted in a “widening digital gap between rural and urban areas” and because the extension of connection to the rural areas is not considered commercially viable, they continue to be left behind.

41446583_2126504547424519_7893317753019301888_nShe said there are almost 2000 communities in Ghana without mobile signals and through GIFEC, the government is working in collaboration with the network operators to achieve 100% coverage by 2020 and telephone subscription to as many citizens as possible.

“We are making significant stride on this journey,” she stated adding from the year 2006 to 2017, 117 rural telephony sites were constructed and that the Akufo-Addo led government has significantly scaled up these operations and 2017 alone 100 rural telephony sites were constructed and activated to over 500 communities where access to mobile signals was not previously available.

She further noted “as at now in 2018, we have 80 sites already completed and we are on course to complete 200 sites this year with our partners MTN and Huawei for the second phase of this project which involves the deployment of voice and data connectivity.

Source: Ghanaian Times

MTN GHANA MAKES HISTORY

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The Leading Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) has made history becoming the largest primary share offer in Ghana Stock Exchange.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, Mr. Selorm Adadevoh in his speech during the Eastern Customer Soiree held in Koforidua on September 7, 2018 revealed that their firm has become the largest primary share offer in Ghana stock exchange.

Delivering his speech, he commended people who have bought their shares and welcomed individuals who are now part of the 128,000 people who own a part of MTN.

He indicated that, the ideology of having time with customers is to have a good relationship with them but not at a transactional level. The regular points of interface which are usually for enquiries, report issues, giving feedback are all good and for that matter, getting more personal and engaging and results of the interaction are rewarding.

Commenting on the future of the firm, he said “We have enjoyed a good working relationship with you and we look to a brighter future with you all either as Customers or shareholders or both. If you missed the opportunity to buy shares during the initial offer but are still interested may buy from a licensed stock broker he averred.

Mr. Adadevoh then assured customers of listening to their views as they are open for suggestions and being transparent in their dealings.

He therefore promised on behalf of the company continue providing innovative products and services driven on the 4GLTE mobile network.

Source:Ghanaweb

VODAFONE TO OFFER MASTER CLASS PROGRAMME FOR 1000 SMES

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Vodafone Ghana has embarked on a move to entrench its reputation as the digital telco of the future by empowering SMEs in the month of September this year.

According to Angela Mensah-Poku, Director at Vodafone Business Solutions (VBS), who made this known, a number of initiatives had already been lined up, including SME Clinics across the regions, a master plan to register 1,000 SMEs online, as well as a Masterclass programme, in partnership with CEIBS to build the capacity of these businesses.

The SME Masterclass programme will also train senior managers of selected SMEs on key modules, including corporate governance, innovation and entrepreneurship growth, financial management and social media.

“We are excited about the comprehensive activities we have put together for our customers. Our support for SMEs in Ghana over the years has seen tremendous results; first for our customers and then for us as a business. This year will be no different as we continue to empower SMEs to embrace the exciting future. We know how critical mobile financial services are to SMEs. For most companies, it’s an integral part of their operations. In view of this, we have also created a unique Vodafone Cash offer to enable SMEs conduct unlimited transactions on the platform at GH¢3 per month throughout the month of September,” she said.

She revealed that SMEs played a very crucial role in Ghana’s economy, demonstrating the capacity to contribute enormously to the general economic growth, hence the decision to assist them.

“With the world at an advanced stage of digitisation, Vodafone wants to be at the forefront of the drive to make these businesses relevant and competitive.”

The highlight of the SME month will be the Annual SMEGA Awards during which thriving companies in the country would be rewarded and acknowledged for a good job done.

 

Source: dailyguideafrica.com

VODAFONE AFRICAN LEGENDS NIGHT BRINGS ON KOJO ANTWI, DADDY LUMBA, SAMINI

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For the first time in many years, music lovers will witness “Mr Music Man” Kojo Antwi and lover man Charles Kwadwo Fosu aka Daddy Lumba performing on the same stage in Ghana at this year’s Vodafone African Legends Night on 29th September 2018 at the plush Kempinski Hotel in Accra.
The two music Legends will be joined by Africa’s Dancehall King Samini and traditional music group Wulomei, all in the name of bringing the legends home to thrill audience to some of their hit songs.
With an exciting and successful musical career spanning over two decades, Kojo Antwi has established himself as a consummate vocalist; a prolific songwriter, producer and arranger; and an enigmatic performer. He has delighted lovers of good music such as Mmrika, Adienpena, Tom and Jerry, Adinkra etc with his clear and flawlessly seductive voice that radiates through his massive repertoire of smooth and sultry ballads.

Daddy Lumba, who is making a return to the show, will definitely make the audience call for more of his countless tunes. He is known for his “borga highlife” songs which became very popular among Ghanaians in Europe especially those in Germany. He has been consistent with the release of multiple-hit albums since then and has established himself as one of Ghana’s most popular singers of his genre, Highlife.

In the history of the African Legends Night, Samini will be the first Reggae and Dancehall artiste to perform on stage. The multiple award-winning “Linda” hit icon will drop some of his great tunes such as Odo, Samini Music, Linda, Gyae shee, My Own and more that will keep the audience on their feet.

According to Global Media Alliance, organizers of the event, the superstars were lined-up together due to their immense contribution to the Ghanaian music industry hence the decision to create a platform to have close interactions with their fans.

The 7th edition of Vodafone African Legends Night will take place on Saturday, September 29th at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. The show starts at 7pm prompt and is expected to attract hundreds of music lovers.

Last year, the show witnessed great performances from Kanda Bongo Man of DR Congo, Amakye Dede, Daddy Lumba, Aka Blay, eShun and Nana Yaa.

African Legends Night is sponsored by Vodafone, Alomo Bitters, Eden Heights, Alisa Hotel, Phoenix Insurance, Sun Seekers Tours, Global Cinemas and Silverbird Cinemas with media support from YFM, Happy FM, Citi FM, Starr FM, ETV, GHOne, Ghanaweb, Archbert Premier Media, Daily Guide, B&FT and Graphic Showbiz.

 

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