Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications supplies ICT infrastructure and training to build smart communities

In the beginning of October 2017, the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications started a project to leverage ICTs to turn underserved areas into smart communities. On a first level, the program was set to boost internet and WiFi penetration throughout different regions by engaging telecommunications companies into installing broadband infrastructure. Coordination between organizations is mostly relevant in areas where there are low economic incentives for internet service providers to offer their services. Another function of the organization is to supply ICT equipment and solutions in different communities to promote digital inclusion and access to ICTs.

The program will begin in four communities: Berekum, Asumura, Goaso and Asankragwa. It will provide at least 200 internet points within 25 kilometers radius of the communities. Additional cloud storage space will be offered to the communities for students, farmers and traders to save local contents. Training will be offered for accessing e-government services related to health, education, agriculture and commerce.

While most of the access points will be free, particular subscriptions will be offered through the creation of local organizations offering affordable plans to residents. A group of trainers will be prepared to include everyone in the process, even those without basic digital skills.

Source: Modern Ghana