Ursula hands over LTE fibre asset to Lebara Ghana

The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, at a short ceremony on 3 May 2019, handed over the e-government infrastructure to Lebara Ghana Limited to manage and commercialise for 10 years...


The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, at a short ceremony on 3 May 2019, handed over the e-government infrastructure to Lebara Ghana Limited to manage and commercialise for 10 years.

The government’s fibre and LTE network was previously managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

Speaking at the event, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful indicated that the government is committed to partnering the private sector to promote efficiency and cost effectiveness in the delivery of services to the people.

She indicated that commercialisation of the e-government infrastructure will also pave the way for NITA to focus on its core mandate as a regulator while ensuring the effective management of the government's IT infrastructure by a private firm.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful indicated that the award of the contract to Lebara Ghana Ltd is in line with the government’s agenda to promote local content into the management of strategic areas in the economy.

“I think that it’s increasingly becoming evident that NITA cannot be the regulator and operator at the same time if it is going to do its work effectively”, she said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, however, cautioned Lebara that the government will demand accountability and strict compliance to the quality of service standards outlined in the Service Level Agreement and urged the company to work diligently.

She again called on the management of Lebara Ghana Limited to explore opportunities to launch solutions that will narrow the digital divide and promote financial inclusion.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was hopeful that the “unconnected” parts of the country will be “connected” shortly through the Rural Telephony Project and the Accelerated Backbone and Last-Mile Connectivity programmes of the ministry to be able to deliver services to every Ghanaian in every part of the country.

She expressed confidence in the ability of Lebara to execute the O&M task. While having no doubt about their capacity to deliver, she said she would be keeping a close eye on them.

The minister was confident that the two parties could work together to deliver services to current and potential clients in a mutually beneficial way.

The Board Chairman of Lebara Ghana Limited, Mr David Amankwah, thanked the minister, the staff of both the ministry and NITA and reiterated Lebara Ghana’s commitment to ensuring that their stewardship would be a resounding success to the benefit of all Ghanaians.

ABOUT LEBARA GHANA LTD

Lebara Ghana is a wholly-Ghanaian-owned ICT and telecommunication organisation which holds the franchise for Lebara Group in Ghana. Lebara has been awarded a ten-year contract to manage and commercialise the government’s ICT infrastructure which includes part of the Data Centre, the Metro Fibre & the Eastern Corridor fibre and the LTE network.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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