Ghana-based ICT firm Lebara Ghana Limited bagged a deal for the commercial management of the government’s fiber optic infrastructure and LTE network. The Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, offered this responsibility to Lebara on May 3, 2019, stating that this mark of confidence in the private sector shows the government’s desire to encourage efficiency and profitability.
Lebara Ghana Limited will manage the broadband telecom infrastructure for a period of ten years. It was the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) that did this in the past. According to the Minister of Communications, this option was no longer in line with the government’s ambitions for fairness and transparency in providing access to ICT for all.
“I think it’s becoming increasingly clear that NITA cannot be both a regulator and an operator if it wants to do its job effectively,” said Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.
However, Owusu-Ekuful cautioned Lebara Ghana Limited that the government will be demanding in the quality of service provided. She invited the company to also explore various possibilities to launch solutions to bridge the digital gap and promote financial inclusion.