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Ghana
Internet Usage and Telecommunications Report


Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Accra is the capital and largest city. The country was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874. It was the first black African country to obtain independence from colonial rule. Upon achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation as a reference to its ancient roots in the Empire of Ghana.


Internet Usage Statistics:
997,000 Internet users as of June/09, 4.2% of the population, according to ITU.

Latest Population Estimate:
23,887,812 population for 2009, according to Census Bureau.

Gross National Income:
GNI per capita is US$ 670 ('08).

Country Area:
238,538 sq km

Ghana Internet Usage and Population Growth:

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

Usage Source

2000

30,000

18,881,600

0.2 %

ITU

2006

401,300

21,801,662

1.8 %

ITU

2008

880,000

23,382,848

3.8 %

ITU

2009

997,000

23,887,812

4.2 %

ITU







Ghana Search Engines and Directories:


Afrika.no
The Ghana Index from the Norwegian Council for Africa.

Ghana Portal
Ghana links directory.

Ghana Search Engines
Ghana Search Engines and Web Directories.

dmoz Directory
Ghana regional directory.

Ghana Basic Information
Ghana data from the CIA World Factbook.

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Growing Internet Usage and ICT in Ghana

Ghana - Convergence, Broadband and Internet Market Report
Ghana was amongst the first countries in Africa to achieve connection to the Internet. The rapid growth in this sector in recent years is set to continue in 2006. National and international public data services are provided by more than 20 companies and there are more than 50 VSAT networks operating in the country. Almost 100 new Internet Service Providers (ISPs) were licensed in 2004 alone, bringing the total to more than 140. Broadband ADSL services were introduced in 2003. The government is committed to continuing the privatisation of the national carrier, Ghana Telecom, as well as the fibre network of Voltacom, the country’s electricity company. The full legalisation of VoIP telephony and the implementation of Broadband over Powerlines (BPL, PLC) are other key developments expected in 2006.

Ghana - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-Line Telecoms Overviews
Ghana is one of only a few African countries with a vastly liberalised telecom market. It led the way in telecommunications liberalisation and deregulation in Africa when it privatised Ghana Telecom in 1996. The two national operators (Ghana Telecom and Westel) held a duopoly on international service until February 2002. The expiry of the duopoly has paved the way for the licensing of more operators, promotion of competition and improved efficiency. Four mobile operators are competing for customers. Following disagreements with the current stakeholder, Ghana Telecom will be looking for a new strategic investor and float part of its equity on the local stock market, and ailing Westel may be up for sale soon.

Ghana - Mobile Market & Broadcasting - Overview and Statistics
Since launching the first cellular mobile network in sub-Saharan Africa in 1992, Ghana has become one of the continent’s most vibrant mobile markets with four competing operators and more than three million subscribers in early 2006. And yet, at a market penetration of only around 15%, enormous further potential exists in the provision of basic voice services as well as Internet access through the mobile networks, given the country’s poorly developed fixed-line infrastructure. The government is committed to continuing the privatisation of Ghana Telecom, and the ailing second national operator (SNO) Westel, which also holds a mobile licence, may be up for sale soon. This report contains an overview of Ghana’s mobile market, relevant statistics, profiles of the major players, and also a brief overview of the country’s broadcasting industry.

Ghana Telecoms Market Statistics and Forecasts
With two national operators, a third regional operator and four mobile networks, annual growth has been impressive in Ghana’s telecoms markets, notably in the mobile sector where the number of lines exceeds fixed lines by around 10:1. However, at a combined teledensitiy of little more than 15% and an Internet user penetration of less than 2%, enormous further potential exists. This report contains key statistics and scenario forecasts for the country’s fixed-line, mobile and Internet markets for the years 2010 and 2015.


Africa Market and Telecommunications Reports
The latest information about Africa’s Telecoms from the largest global
telecommunications research site on the Internet: Paul Budde Communications.



Further reading about Ghana:

Ghana Web
Ghana Information and news


Ghana Information
Ghana Profile by the BBC


Ghana Newspapers Links
Most important daily news and information from Zimbabwe here.

Ghana and West Africa Analysis Brief
This article provides a brief economic and energy sector overview of the fifteen countries that make up the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). ECOWAS members include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire , The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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