Ghana is well on its way to connecting to 5G wireless data connectivity for mobile carriers, according to the Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joe Anokye.
He announced this at the 12 R.P. Baffour memorial lectures, which were hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.
“We have made sure that the spectrum required for five 5G is available, there are few policies that must be made as to exactly how spectrum will be made available.”
It is very complicated, because of the way the market is, we don’t want to proceed and only one entity will have the capability of acquiring the 5G” he said.
He spoke on the theme “KNUST, a history of remarkable growth in science and technology education, resilience and adaptability in the digital space.”
His response came after a participant had asked when Ghana would be connected to the 5G services.
He noted that there is a need for the NCA to beef up local internet services for the majority of the people to access the 5G services.
“We have to make sure Wi-Fi services at various places where people meet are provided, there is a fibre optic connection to central point to make your 5G come”, he added.
He explained that all internet traffic in Ghana passes through the submarine cable landing, with 5.9 terabytes in total, but it is very complicated.
“Every now and then a submarine cable will go down and when it does, it takes time. You have to send a ship in.
So, one of the things NCA is doing is to license additional submarine providers to help address these anomalies,” he said.