Ghana Telecom to tap virgin areas in Ashanti

September 23, 2008 • Mobile and Telecoms

The new Ghana Telecom-Vodafone partnership is expected to exploit the market potential of the telecommunication industry in Ashanti, to the fullest.

With the needed capital, the company intends to expand to a number of district capitals, towns and villages, described as virgin areas.

Mr. Jonathan Kessey-Antwi, Regional Manager of GT, said Vodafone had the right financial muscle and technical know-how, to enable GT stand tall among competitors in the telecommunication industry.

The Regional head who, was briefing the sector Minister, Dr. Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, on the market potentials of the company in the Ashanti Region, during a recent visit, said the vision of the Ashanti GT was to extend ICT services to every part of the region, and that the first goal was to get every school, educational institution, business and government agencies and departments, connected to the Internet, through GT’s Broadband4u services, towards developing all sectors of the economy.

He disclosed that GT Ashanti had a total of over 1,200 customers subscribing to the Broadband4u.

He also said currently the region had a switch capacity of 69,000, with 48,780 in use, as well as 86 GSM cell sites

The Minister of Communications, Dr. Aggrey Ntim, interacting with the management team, observed that the privatisation of GT had saved it from total collapse.

He frowned on laxity on the part of the workers, which nearly led to the collapse of the company, but for the timely intervention of the privatisation deal with Vodafone.

According to him, until 2007 GT’s accounts had never been audited. He said for five years, GT did not take stock, and lamented on the practice where the company’s books were not audited for several years.

The Minister noted that with the privatisation, the company was starting on a clean sheet, and urged the staff to aim at becoming market leaders, by keeping proper books.

Dr. Ntim as well urged the management team to identify the potentials of every member of staff and department, to fit into the new business plan, by setting targets for themselves and ensuring efficient monitoring, and adopting sanctions for laxity.

He suggested that GT co-operates with the universities, including the GT varsity, by donating some of their old equipment to them for teaching purposes.

Responding to complaints of cable theft, which was hampering the smooth operation of the GT in the Ashanti Region, the Minister hoped the canker would soon be eliminated, with the introduction of fibre optics, to replace copper wires.

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