MER Telecom: Bridging the digital divide in Ghana
How to make rural communications commercially viable
How can innovations in passive and active infrastructure and energy equipment support the objectives of governments and universal access funds to accelerate the extension of rural connectivity? TowerXchange took a closer look at GIFEC and at what they have achieved working with MER Telecom to connect remote villages in Ghana. We also look at how similar business models, technology and operational solutions could be applied to support similar universal access initiatives.
TowerXchange: Please introduce us to GIFEC and to your work with them to accelerate rural connectivity in Ghana.
Arie Ben-Dayan, Marketing & Sales Director, MER Telecom:
Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) is a nonprofit agency of the Ghanaian Government, funded by a levy on mobile network operators revenues, to facilitate the provision of universal access to electronic services to unserved and underserved communities in Ghana.