DANISH DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HANDS OVER COMPLETED FIBRE OPTIC LINK PROJECT TO GHANA
ACCRA– Denmark’s overseas development aid agency, DANIDA, has provisionally handed over to Ghana’s Ministry of Communications the complete Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Network Extension Project, which will be managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).
The 165-kilometres telecommunications link, which connects Ho, the capital of Volta Region (Province) to Accra, was financed with a grant of 3,795,017 Euros from the Danish Government and was carried out by Nokia- Alcatel-Lucent Denmark in partnership with a local subcontractor, Kenpon Constructions Co. Limited.
The ceremony was witnessed by Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana; Issah Yahaya, the Chief Director at the Communications Ministry; David K. Gyewu, the Director-General of NITA; and Kennedy Agyapong, President and Chairman of Kenpon Constructions.
Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said having an adequate infrastructure on which all digitalization efforts would ride and having the necessary fibre infrastructure was a a prerequisite, adding that no part of the country could be left behind and so this project was commenced.
She said originally the project extended from Ho to Bawku but we noticed that without the metro fibre link from Accra to Ho, we couldn’t derive the optimum benefit from this project.
She said the Eastern Fibre connects 120 communities along the route; and that major towns like Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Gushegu were all connected through that.
Fibre is there, but we do need to work on the last mile to link the communities along the route to the fibre back bone and that we are actively working with partners to develop, then we can derive optimum benefit from that fibre, she said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK