Ghana - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Ghana - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Ghana has a highly competitive internet market, with more than 140 licensed ISPs although most subscribers are customers of only a few players. It was among the first countries in Africa to be connected to the internet, though subscriber growth in the sector was for many years held back by the poor condition of the national fixed-line network and by the high cost of connectivity. The situation improved following the introduction of fixed-wireless and mobile broadband technologies such as 3G, HSPA, WiMAX and LTE. The arrival of two international fibre links in 2012 and 2013 also led to a dramatic fall in the cost of international bandwidth, and so to the price of retail access.

The government has also invested in building extensive fibre infrastructure in the Eastern and Western Corridors. The re-privatised national carrier, now branded as Vodafone Ghana, has also been more effective in driving the broadband market by expanding its retail and wholesale offerings.

Key developments:

Vodafone launches FttP-based broadband services; Microsoft and SpectraLink Wireless trial white spaces broadband; fifth international submarine fibre optic cable comes on stream; WHO-sponsored eHealth system developments; fibre network for Eastern Corridor completed; bandwidth cost plummets to a tenth of the price in 2007; report update includes the regulator's market data to February 2017, telcos' operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Ghana (Ghana Telecom), Expresso Telecom, Globacom, Network Computer Systems (NCS), InternetGhana, Africa Online, Busy Internet, Linkserve, IDN, Infinite Stream Ghana, Electricity Corporation of Ghana (ECG), Cactel Communications, Main One, O3b Networks, VoltaCom, Internet Solutions, Phase3 Telecom.

1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
3. Broadband statistics
4. PC penetration, Affordable computer programs
5. Public Internet Access Venues (PAVs)
6. Shared access centres
7. Mobile Telecentre To-Go
7.1 Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA)
7.2 Ghana Internet Exchange Point (GIX)
8. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
8.1.1 Network Computer Systems (
8.1.2 InternetGhana
8.1.3 Africa Online
8.1.4 Busy Internet
8.1.5 Linkserve
8.1.6 IDN
9. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
10. Other fixed broadband services
10.2 Fixed wireless broadband
10.2.1 iBurst
10.2.2 WiMAX
10.2.3 Wi-Fi
10.2.4 EV-DO
10.3 Powerline Communication (PLC)
10.4 Internet via satellite
10.5 O3b
11. Domestic backbone network infrastructure
11.1 Ghana National Public Data Network (DataNet)
11.2 FastNet
11.3 VoltaCom
11.4 Internet Solutions (IS)
11.5 Phase3 Telecom
11.6 Electronic Data Interchange
11.7 VSAT networks
12. Digital Economy
12.1 E-commerce
12.2 E-government, e-Ghana project
12.3 E-learning
12.4 E-health
12.5 Facebook
13. Digital Media
13.1 Videostreaming
13.2 Communications: VoIP
14. Related reports
Table 1 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 2000 - 2009
Table 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Fixed-line internet subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband subscribers 2005 - 2018
Table 5 Vodafone Ghana broadband subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 6 DSL subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 7 Broadband wireless access subscribers by operator 2016 - 2017
Table 8 Broadband wireless access market share by operator 2005 - 2016
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 2018

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