Ghana to host two significant events of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Ghana has received an overwhelming endorsement as a host for the World Telecommunication Development Conference to be held in the year 2014.
Honourable Dr Kofi Omane Boamah, minister for communication disclosed this to the press during a meeting in Accra to launch the ITU Regional Development Forum and Africa Regional preparatory meeting for the world communication development conference.
The world telecommunication development conference is organized every four years by the international telecommunication union(ITU) to identify priorities for the development of telecommunications and Information Communication Technologies taking into account contributions made by Member States and Sector Members, with an Action Plan, setting the future of activities of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) over the next four-year period.
The Regional Development Forum (RDF) for Africa which is scheduled for 1st October 2013 in Accra this year will serve as a platform for open dialogues, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication/ICT policy makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on specific regional ICT issues will prepare the African delegations to build consensus and adopt common positions on the agenda items that will benefit Africa ahead of the ITU’s 6th World Telecommunication Development Conference from 31st March to 11th April, 2014.
Minister for communication, Dr Kofi Omane Boamah, noted Ghana was listed as one of the top ten most dynamic performing countries in ICT–for-development in 2011, according to the ICT Development Index (IDI) released by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in measuring the Information Society.
According to Dr Kofi him MTN remains the market leader in mobile subscriptions, with a market share of 46% which translates into subscriber numbers of 12,283,991 followed by Vodafone with mobile subscription of 5,728,091 and market share of 21%. Tigo has a subscriber market share of 14% translating into subscriber numbers of 3,729,611; and Airtel has 3,350,497 subscribers and a market share of 12%. The newest entrant into Ghanaian telecom market, Glo has 1,681,417 subscribers and a 6% market share, while Expresso follows with 154,265 subscribers and 1% market share.
A member of the conference planning committee Mrs Charlotte Morgan disclosed to the pressmen that the platform has been given to Ghana because of its advancement not only in economy or football but in telecommunication and ICT issues and that is the basis for Ghana’s endorsement as a host nation for the two ITU Conferences.
It has been noted that during the Regional Development forum, Ghana will be reporting on major accomplishments of the telecommunications sector together with its challenges as it continues to register impressive growth rate with mobile subscription figures totaling 26,927,872 by the end of May 2013 (an increase of 1.3% over April figures).
The event will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre together with an exhibition of technology to expose the sophistication of the ICT landscape in Ghana. Requests for online registration should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org for processing.