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Government prepared to roll out the 5G network within the next six months – Minister

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The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced plans by the government to roll out the 5G network within the next six months.

The Minister made this announcement at a press conference on Thursday, May 30, 2024.

According to her, this would provide internet users in Ghana with faster and more affordable mobile data.

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She also revealed at the press briefing that Next-Gen InfraCo (NGIC), the company awarded the 5G license in Ghana, is expected to launch the internet services across the country within the specified period, followed by expansion to other parts of Africa.

The company she added is a consortium formed between the government of Ghana and seven other partners.

They are; Ascend Digital, K-NET, Radisys, Nokia, and Tech Mahindra and two telcos – AT Ghana and Telecel Ghana.

She further noted that Microsoft has also expressed interest in the project and discussions will soon begin.

The company will be the first 5G Mobile Broadband Shared Infrastructure Entity to build a nationwide 4G/5G network, she said.

“The aim of the introduction of the 5G internet services is to boost the digital agenda drive in Ghana’s education, healthcare, and digital payment transactions, thereby reducing the digital divide and promoting financial inclusion.

“NGIC’s equity will be held by the public of Ghana, Ascend Digital, K-NET, all mobile operators in Ghana and other private investors including the technology providers who may wish to join the consortium,” she stated.

The multiplayer partnership will support NGIC in the entire deployment of network infrastructure and associated services, as communications service providers (CSPs) are looking to address enterprise and consumer markets with enhanced digital services, the Minister explained.

By: Rainbowradioonline.com/Ghana

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