Includes information on internet accessibility, the cellular phone technology in use, which U.S. cell phone services work in this country, the prevalence of Wi-Fi in hotels, what types of voltage and plugs are used, and other technological information of interest to U.S. businesses.
Last Published: 7/27/2017
Fixed-line telecommunications services are provided by Vodafone through a joint venture with Ghana Telecom; there are currently five mobile operators providing voice and data services. Several data transfer companies have established networks and are serving banks and other institutions. Privately owned communication centers that provide pay phone services can be found in major cities. Prepaid calling cards for both local and international calls can be purchased from travel agents, post offices and gas stations.

MTN, Busy and Surfline already offer 4G LTE connectivity. Tigo and Vodafone expect their 4G networks to roll out this year. MTN being the largest wireless network covering 92% of the country is already looking at 5G options in the next 3-4 years. This access to high speed data is due to the Main One Cable program – a submarine communications cable that will eventually reach from Europe to South Africa.

With the Main One cable coming offshore about 5 years ago, Google (who was one partner of the cable drop) developed the system to spread it within Ghana through their Project Link (Wired article) program. Last year, we also were able to help them bring their cars in-country and get permission by police/military to start StreetView and better GPS mapping. They also run a free Digital Skills program to provide free online tech education programs to Africans.

Microsoft we continue to support their TV white space project. As Ghana is converting to digital television this year, Microsoft is using the freed up frequency bandwidth to get internet connectivity to rural and underserved areas throughout the country. They also offer educational programs and job training and sourcing platforms through this network (Tizaa).

There are a total of 16 tech incubators within Ghana. I have attached an info sheet World Bank released in 2014, which shows all of Africa’s tech hubs and incubators which may be of help. We work closely with MEST (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) and Impact Hub. There are hackathons and digital challenges almost monthly around the country.

There have been dreams for many years by the government and local investors to make Ghana a major tech hub in Africa, but due to the previous administration and the downturn in the economy over the past couple of years, several projects (such as HOPE City) have yet to really materialized. The new government that took office in early January is definitely more pro-business and establishing public-private partnerships (PPP) to accelerate Ghana going forward.

 Ghana’s electrical standard is 230 volts, 50 Hz. A three-pronged (grounded) British style plug is used almost exclusively
 

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