Key stakeholders of the telecommunications industry have discussed two possible regulatory interventions at a Digital Family Forum (DFF) in Accra focused on Domestic Roaming and Over the Top (OTT) services.
Google announced Wednesday that it will ban all payday loan ads from its site, bowing to concerns by advocates who say the lending practice exploits the poor and vulnerable by offering them immediate cash that must be paid back under sky-high interest rates.
Nominees for the 6th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) has been announced following a rigorous process to ensure all players in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) ecosystem is represented.
The awards is Ghana’s first platform for recognizing excellence in the ICT industry. The awards represent the most respected accolade in the industry, celebrating excellence in innovation, product development and service delivery.
Announcing the nominees for the event, Akin Naphtal CEO of InstinctWave noted that, “The quality of nominees is impressive and reflects the change from Ghana Telecom Awards (GTA) to Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA). The various nominees for the categories cover every area of the industry.”
According to Naphtal, “The 6th GITTA is special as it will see more participation from ICT companies and honour teams for their achievements and excellence in the area of service delivery, data and the impact of ICTs on the economy of Ghana,” he said.
The nominations were officially unveiled to the media after the Board of Trustees of the awards had reviewed all entries and conducted their own research into entries submitted by companies.
Mr Naphtal further indicated that more nominees will be announced in a few days’ time. The nominees include categories for banks and special recognition awards for individuals and organizations.
MTN Ghana has demonstrated its commitment to doing sustainable business in Ghana by constructing an impressive headquarters complex in Accra. Named “MTN House,” the ultra-modern complex is located on Independence Avenue and hosts approximately 800 employees on seven levels that include a basement, ground floor and five additional floors. Construction of MTN House commenced in 2013 and was completed for occupancy in October 2015.
Facilities in the building include, a customer experience center, a media center, an ultra-modern video conference and tele-presence center, four collapsible training suits and a modern Network Operating Centre. Other impressive features of the building include a roof garden, a crèche for staff dependents, a modern gym facility, a 120-seat cafeteria, a modern kitchen, a multipurpose hall and an ultra-modern car park with over 300 parking spaces.
MTN Ghana CEO, Ebenezer Twum Asante has been named the CEO of the Year in the Directors/CEO category of Kwahuman Achievers Awards at Obo in the Eastern region.
This was announced during the third Kwahuman Achievers Awards ceremony organized as part of the Kwahu Easter Festival.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Asante expressed his gratitude to the organizers and people of Kwahu for the consideration given him. He said, “this award is an inspiration and challenge for me to work harder and excel in my role.”
MTN Mobile Money has been awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 information security standard certification, according to Ghana’s lead telecommunications operator.
A press release by MTN Wednesday said MTN Mobile Money is the first to receive this certification in Ghana’s telecommunications industry and was granted after a rigorous assessment by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).
The ISO/IEC 27001:2013 is an information security standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC). The certification specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system within the context of Mobile Money operations in Ghana. It also includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risks tailored to the needs of the Mobile Money service.
Call centres have created millions of good jobs in the emerging world. Technology threatens to take those jobs away again
Whether in Nairobi or Albuquerque, a shopping centre is not really a shopping centre unless it has at least two anchor tenants. These can be department stores, cinemas or bookshops, anything that will fill a large space and lure customers past smaller boutiques. The idea is that a cinema-goer might pause to buy a leather jacket; and, in a lovely symbiosis, the monied youngsters who shop for clothes and sunglasses might decide to catch a film.
InstinctWave ltd has announced the maiden Ghana ICT Week Celebration. The weeklong celebration comes off 16th May to 21st May, 2016.
The Ghana ICT Week Celebration will focus on “Celebrating ICTs & its Role in National Development”. The theme will retrospect on the massive impact ICTs/Internet has had on the lives of Ghanaians over the years. It will also focus on the future prospects and way forward for the industry. Various activities have been scheduled, all of which revolve around ICTs and how they touch every Ghanaians’ lives.
A statement issued in Accra, quotes Akin Naphtal, Group Publisher of MobileWorld as saying, the time is right for the ICT industry to be celebrated for its massive contribution to Ghana’s economy. According to him, Ghana is gradually becoming a wired and technologically developed country with organizations and government agencies adopting ICT based solutions.
“We are proud to host the Ghana ICT Week 2016, the weeklong event will provide a sizzling meeting point for ICT professionals, stakeholders and the general public. The week will also be used to address the global nature of the technology sector and discuss the current and future affairs of ICT in the country,” he said.
According to Mr Naphtal, he was delighted that finally, a week will be dedicated to recognizing the impact of the ICT industry. He revealed that it was a dream come true for him to launch the ICT Week Celebration.
“It’s a dream come true for my team and I. We have spent days and months planning this all important week and we know at the end of it all, the event will achieve its goals.” It will be a blend of dialogue, entertainment and networking as the major ICT players in the country compete to be the best in sports, social media and service delivery.
The week will draw together all players of the ICT ecosystem; consumers, network operators, ISPs, the public and private sector and serve as an opportunity to reinforce relationships.
The annual event will also serve as a platform to engage all stakeholders to improve processes in the provision of better services to both citizens and businesses, as well as promote public participation.
“With Ghana’s internet penetration at 19.6%, the ICT Week Celebration will serve as an advocacy to push for a national ICT policy to encourage adoption in rural communities even in the most remote parts of the country,” the statement said.
While digital technologies have spread fast worldwide, their digital dividends have not.
A new World Bank report says that while the internet, mobile phones and other digital technologies are spreading rapidly throughout the developing world, the anticipated digital dividends of higher growth, more jobs, and better public services have fallen short of expectations, and 60 percent of the world's population remains excluded from the ever-expanding digital economy.
According to the new 'World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends,' authored by Co-Directors, Deepak Mishra and Uwe Deichmann and team, the benefits of rapid digital expansion have been skewed towards the wealthy, skilled, and influential around the world, who are better positioned to take advantage of the new technologies.
In addition, though the number of internet users worldwide has more than tripled since 2005, four billion people still lack access to the internet.
Recently, the technology industry in Ghana has been witnessing a battle for the two blocks of spectrum 800MHz, which became available as a result of the migration of television from analogue to digital channels as required of every member-country of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), by way of international convention.
The adoption of data analytics solutions by Ghanaian companies in addition to better collaboration between the technology industry and the Ghanaian government have been identified as vital to the county’s economic and Information Technology (IT) development agenda.
Communications Minister, Dr Edward Omane Boamah has challenged the newly formed Ghana ICT Chamber to honestly explain to Ghanaians the involvement of their members, namely Surfline, Gold Key Telecoms, and Blu Telecoms in all the processes that led to the invitation for bids toward the new 800mhz frequency.
The Chamber on Monday raised concerns over what it said was the National Communications Authority (NCA's) intention to sell the next generation spectrum to foreign-owned telecom companies, saying the move amounted to “NCA's broken promises to ring fence the deployment of next generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) capacity to Ghanaian-owned companies only”.
But speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM's Kokrokoo morning show, the minister said government has well-intended plans.
Bank customers could benefit from heavily reduced transaction costs if integration of mobile financial services such as MTN Mobile Money achieve greater efficiency.
That is the verdict of the Chief Information Officer of Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited, Tunji Alabi, who said more people and businesses need to sign up onto the mobile financial services to reap the enormous benefits.
Tunji was a major testament of the benefits Fidelity Bank had realized from partnering with MTN Business at the 4th MTN Business Fair this year, held Wednesday at the La Palm Royal Beach in Accra.