Broadband Communications Chamber (BBCC) has held its maiden Broadband Ghana Forum (BBG) yesterday at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra.
The one-day event, on the theme: “Broadband: The Catalyst for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development,” sought to initiate a public dialogue on how to revamp Ghana’s five-year-old broadband policy. It was organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and supported by the BBCC, an industry advocacy and lobbying group, for the development and expansion of the broadband industry in Ghana.
In his welcome address, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BBCC, Mr Elorm Gustav Tamakloe, said that the forum will address key issues such as factors hindering digitisation in Ghana, the onset of new technologies, hindrances to innovation, and many others.
He noted that the event was to initiate a public dialogue on how to review and revise Ghana’s five-year old broadband policy to complement the digital Ghana Agenda. “This, according to Mr Tamakloe, is to support the development and expansion of the broad-band industry in line with United Nation (UN) Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Government of Ghana’s strategy of rapid broadband penetration and development.
“In today’s world, brandband is a critical part of any national development agenda that will drive economic growth, productivity and job creation.
It is is absolutely essential for Ghana’s economic future, longterm productivity growth and global economic competitiveness. “With broadband infrastructure, delivery of voice, video and data at ultra-high-speed yield numerous benefits including productivity improvement, better health and education services and efficient government services.” he averred.
The forum featured series of presentations by key personalities and organisations, under the sub-theme: ‘True Broadband and the possibilities it brings.” Some of these key personalities and organisations included Dr Thomas Mensah, renowned Ghanaian inventor of fiber optic technologies, Nokia, Huawei and CSquared, Google’s African Broadband infrastructure company.
The forum also aimed at recommending guidelines and modalities for the complete review and update of the existing policy, taking into consideration new entrants and technologies in the Broadband industry.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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