16th January, 2013.
Vodafone Wholesale has completed an internet interconnectivity project which connects 120 km of fiber cable from Bolgatanga through Bawku to Cinkasse in the Northern Togo.
The Bolgatanga – Cinkasse International Fibre Connectivity Project – the first of its kind is a collaboration between Vodafone Wholesale, a subsidiary of Vodafone Ghana, and the Ministry of Communications and connects Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. Vodafone Wholesale has an extensive fibre network distribution all over the country and provides bandwidth to internet service providers and mobile networks. The fibre connection of Ghana with Togo and Burkina Faso allows for the free flow of the internet bandwidth in Ghana to the rest of the West African sub-region and effectively turns the country into a cable gateway.
Ghana currently has the largest number of cables in the West Africa sub region and the implementation of this project is expected to attract a lot of investment into the country and also strengthen relations between Ghana and its neighbouring countries. The project began in November 2011 with a sod cutting ceremony in Bolgatanga and eight months later dignitaries from Togo, Burkina Faso and Ghana have gathered in Cinkasse to mark its successful completion.
The Guest of Honour, the Secretary General of International Telecommunications Unit (ITU), Hamadoun Toure, commended the collaborating countries and the companies for the exceptional teamwork in completing the project. Speaking at the commissioning of the project, the Managing Director for Vodafone Wholesale, Lucy J. Quist, said ‘we partnered with the government on this project for one great reason – to bring to light a dream that has been on the drawing board for a while; a dream which has the ability to increase the investment opportunities in Ghana for international organisations and offer greater opportunities for growth.
Vodafone Wholesale believes in the potential of this region and so we will not relent in our efforts to invest in areas that will improve the standard of living for the people of Ghana’. She added that ‘We are particularly excited about this project because it opens a new gateway for our treasured customers to expand their businesses. Thank you to all the people who worked hard to bring this project to life’. Also present at the ceremony was the Minister of Communications for Ghana, Honourable Haruna Iddrissu, who re-iterated the government’s commitment to ensuring that Ghana joins the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) to develop broadband linkages connecting main towns and capitals in Africa by 2012. The completion of this project therefore puts Ghana in a good position to achieving this objective.