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Glo postpones date for launching PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 09:10

Glo Mobile Wednesday said although they are technically ready to launch in Ghana, they have to postpone the November 17, 2011 original launch date due to “some logistics issues beyond our control”.

It is widely believed that Glo's arrival in Ghana is putting shivers down the spine of existing players who are keeping a close eye on the launch date, time and venue with the view to doing counter events to water down Glo’s launch.

Some journalists told Adom News they have had calls from some telecom operators asking if they had invites for the Glo launch, and seeking to know the exact time, and venue.

But Events and Special Promotions Director at Glo, Bode Opeseitan tells journalists the rescheduling of the launch date had nothing to do with competition, but was based on Glo’s own strategy.

He said “technically we are ready – you can receive call on our network now and no one wants to launch Glo more than we do but the decision to reschedule is strategic”.

Mr. Opeseitan did not however state whether the launch would still be this month or next.

But Mr. Opeseitan said over the last three years Glo had invested over US$600m in establishing a unique, seamless and world class network that would give Ghanaians the highest quality of service, particular in the wake of recent fines on telecom operators in Ghana for poor quality service.

He said Glo is ready to take on at least 10 million customers for starters and its network capacity is expandable.

“We have five switch centres, 18 Base Station Controllers, 1600 Base Transmitter Stations, 800 3.5G Cell sites, 2,850 Kilometres of fibre, 25 Glo World Shops across country, employed about 400 Ghanaians, and has a call centre that has the capacity to seat at least 600 people,” he said.

Mr. Opeseitan noted that apart from being the first network to launch on the back of a superior Glo One submarine fibre optic cable, Glo had also deployed next generation network (LTE), and was also launching at almost 100% nationwide coverage.

He noted that Glo had enjoyed tremendous support from the government, regulator, media and people of Ghana over the last three years and that gave them the confidence that even though they came in as the 6th operator, the would still make a significant and lasting impact on the market.

Testimony to that, a source within Glo said they did an in-house trial of the number reservation exercise but the code leaked and within a matter of hours almost 10,000 Ghanaians on other networks had reserved their numbers ahead of the official release of the code.

Globacom acquired its operating licence for business in Ghana in 2008 and during the past three years, has pursued a rigorous programme of developing a world class telecommunications service which emphasises reliability, efficiency and affordability for the majority of Ghanaians.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2011 14:20
Ghana to establish Science Space Centre PDF Print E-mail
Source: joy-online   
Saturday, 21 August 2010 11:05

Government will soon establish a Science Space Centre to provide accurate information about economic impact of climate conditions.

The project, which is set to be inaugurated this month, is a partnership between Ghana and South Africa.

It would also seek to enhance communication, technology, astronomy and astrophysics for national development.

Ms Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, announced this in Accra at a durbar to commemorate Scientific Renaissance of Africa Day on the theme: “Climate Change and Food Security; How prepared is Ghana?”.

The day was set aside by African Union in 1998 to create awareness and interest in science and technology as a critical tool for national development.

It is day to reflect on the immense contribution of African scientists to the development of health, agriculture, industry, environmental sustainability and the growth of African economies.

Ms Ayittey said human activities over the years had increased the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other Green House Gases leading to serious implications for agricultural production.

She said the absence of a strong private sector intervention was affecting the nation’s research and development effort.

She said privately-financed research and development (R&D) currently dominated the world of technology progress but in Ghana it was minimal and its contributions to universities research was barely visible.

“It is worrisome that after 50 years of independence existence, the links between University of Ghana and the industrial community of Tema and Accra remain negligible.”

Ms Ayittey noted that it would be to the country’s disadvantage if funding of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) was postponed in the face of threats of irreversible environmental damage and its debilitating effects on food security.

She pledged government’s preparedness to support the efforts of scientists in their struggle to find solutions to the myriad of problems and challenges ahead as a developing country.

The Minister appealed for increasing funding for STI from the private sector to support government’s effort.

Professor Benjamin Nyarko, Deputy Director-General of Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), said the Commission was committed to build human resources to overcome climate change and food security and prepare the nation to harness its vast energy source for development.

He said GAEC was working to produce drought resistant crops and insect control techniques to improve food production and prolonging shelf-life of cereals and spices using nuclear energy.

Prof Nyarko said this would help store cereals for longer periods than most of the traditional preservation techniques.

In a speech read on behalf of Dr Abdullai Salifu, Director General of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, he said climate change presented significant threats to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, especially those related to eliminating poverty and promoting environmental sustainability.

He said global strategies such as government’s policy to warn and educate farmers who depended on rain-fed agriculture could help avert short term dangers of climate change.

He commended government for the renewed impetus on science and technology for national development.

In order development, Ms Ayittey has donated 10 lap-top computers to GAEC Basic School to enhance the teaching of Information and Technology in Ghana.

Source: GNA

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 00:51
Google announces Ghana’s Doodle 4 Google winners PDF Print E-mail
Source: joy-online   
Saturday, 21 August 2010 11:01

Google over the weekend announced Nil Carreras Del Peso, of French School, and Nana Abena Asabea Ametepe, of Golden Age school, as winners of this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition.

The winning Doodles - created around the theme of ‘My Ghana’ - will be displayed on the Google Ghana homepage at www.google.com.gh for 24 hours on Wednesday 15th June and Thursday 16th June 2011 respectively, where they will be viewed by millions of people.

Nil Carreras Del Peso, winner of the 9-11 age group competition, will receive a Kindle, while Nana Abena, who took the prize for the 12-14 age group, will receive a laptop. In addition, the schools of both winners will get a USD 2,000 technology grant.

This year’s competition received a record number of entries: a 133% increase on last year. The winners beat off strong competition in their respective age categories, and as well as designing Doodles around the local theme, all entrants also provided a supporting statement explaining their design choice.

The competition was judged by a panel of judges including Google Ghana Country Lead Estelle Akofio-Sowah and a team of Googlers, who selected the finalists based on artistic merit, creativity and the representation of this year’s theme.

Commenting on the competition, Estelle Akofio Sowah said “Judging this year’s Doodle4Google competition was an absolute pleasure. The standard of entries was outstanding -- there's clearly a huge amount of pride and excitement among young people in Ghana. The fact that we received more than double the number of entries from last year’s competition, demonstrates that children, when encouraged, are willing and able to rise to a challenge. The future of Ghana in the hands of these young people, is clearly bright.”

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 01:11
MTN Ghana spends GH¢11.5m on phone registeration PDF Print E-mail
Source: citifmonline   
Saturday, 21 August 2010 10:29

Before the nationwide phone registeration which is widely referred to as ‘SIM registeration’, scheduled to have ended on June 30, 2011 was postponed for another 90 days, by the National Communications Authority (NCA), MTN Ghana says it has spent GH¢11.5 million on the exercise.

Briefing editors in Accra last week, the CEO, Mr. Michael Ikpoki said the mobile provider has set up over 20,000 registeration points across the country to facilitate registeration of its customers.

He indicated that 88 percent of MTN subscribers have registered so far.

Mr. Ikpoki said new subscribers who will port onto the MTN network when Mobile Number Portability (MNP) begins July 7, 2011, will get free SIM backup. MNP is the process which, allows a mobile subscriber of a network ‘B’ to move to network ‘A’ and still keep his or her number, including the code. Originally, MNP was scheduled to have begun today, Friday July 1, 2011, but was postponed to July 7.

“In view of the fact that July 1 to 3 is a public holiday weekend, and that passage of the Legislative Instrument comprising the MNP Regulations is expected on July 6, the mobile operators, Porting Access, and NCA have jointly decided to set the formal launch for July 7, 2011”, the NCA said in a statement to the media.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2011 02:17

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