Local content legislation for telcos sector underway – Ursula

The Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that processes are underway to develop a local content legislation for the telecommunications sector.

“We are in the process of passing local content legislation for the telecommunications sector and have directed that certain categories of managed services in the telecom sector should be reserved for local Ghanaian companies only,” she noted.

She said the initiative aims to fortify the nation’s ability to oversee its digital infrastructure, applications and services independently, reducing reliance on costly foreign consultants and contractors.

The minister underscored the presence of competent local alternatives, highlighting the potential for sustainable growth and development within the sector.

NCA organises consumer forum in Tamale to address telecommunications issues

The National Communications Authority (NCA) hosted a Consumer Forum at the UDS Auditorium, Tamale on April 17, 2024.

This event, which is in line with the Authority’s mandate stipulated in Section 26 of the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 (Act 775), was aimed at engaging with consumers to assess their opinions on the performance of Service Providers.

Held under the theme "Safeguarding Consumer Rights through Effective Communication", the Forum fostered dialogue and collaboration between consumers, Service Providers, the NCA and relevant stakeholders within the industry.

Discussions at the Forum bordered on topics such as Quality of Service, SIM Card Registration, Money Doubling schemes on Television (egregious content), Mobile Money fraud, recent internet disruptions, and issues on Mast and Towers.

MTN celebrates Cultural Day with Muslim communities

MTN Ghana concluded this year's Eidul Fitr celebrations with cultural events in Accra Newtown and Kumasi.

The cultural events brought together various ethnic groups in the communities to showcase their rich culture in vibrant durbars.

Leaders of the ethnic groups led their delegations with traditional performances. The event featured live performances from dance groups and artists during the durbars.

The Cultural Day platforms were used to share goodwill messages and to address community issues.

In Kumasi, chiefs paraded from the central Mosque through Manhyia, Allabar, and ended at Kumasi Zongo.

Health screening exercises were also included in the activities. Residents were screened for Hepatitis B, Blood Pressure, HIV, and Malaria, and had their sugar levels checked.

In addition to these activities, the CEO of MTN Ghana, Stephen Blewett, in solidarity, celebrated with Muslim employees at MTN House.

Nigeria to Criminalise Fiber Cable Damage Costing Telecoms Billions

Nigeria will criminalize the destruction of broadband fiber cables following repeated complaints by MTN Nigeria Communications Plc and other telecommunications companies that they are losing billions of naira, according to people familiar with the matter.