The National Communications Authority (NCA) has granted entire nationwide authorisation to Ghana’s Celltel to roll out a US$300mn smart cities project
The authorisation has a five-year expiration period, but Celltel would be required to commence operations within two years of getting a written greenlight note to start, or the authorisation would be considered to have expired.
The company is also required to pay an annual fee on 20 June every year to keep the authorisation active.
This clears the way for Celltel to roll out its Ghana smart cities project collaborating with a number of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.
The project promises a nationwide Wi-Fi service that would come with Celltel-branded smart handheld, desktop and home devices for subscription.
Dr Prince Kofi Kludjeson, executive chairman of Celltel, stated that the march towards a digital economy cannot be done by the government alone so individuals and institutions can assist in bridging the digital divide by supporting a number of categories of people, particularly students and teachers to get digitised.