By Cecil Mensah
The National Communication Authority (NCA), says it is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and all stakeholders in the telecommunication industry to ensure Ghanaians access the electronic world faster and at an affordable rate.
Mr Mawuko Zomelo, Deputy Director for Consumer and Corporate Affairs of NCA, made this known at a ceremony to mark this year’s world Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Accra last week.
According to him, what the NCA wants to do different is to create opportunities for extensive visual world that will impact on the daily activities of Ghanaians.
He said, the world Telecommunication day, was an annual celebration of member countries of the United Nations (UN) to achieve two objectives.
He mentioned the objectives as; raising global awareness of changes in society that have been engendered by the Internet and new technologies.
Working towards bridging the global digital divide that continues to separate rich countries from poor countries he said.
He explained that it was the conviction of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that the digital divide could be bridged, if access to the internet was spread throughout the developing world.
He said, it was in view of this that this year’s celebration is on the theme: ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development ‘.
He noted that from all indications Information Communication Technology (ICT), has changed modern societies in many ways and this change is through what is usually referred to as the digital revolution.
On his part, Hamadoum Toure, Secretary-General of ITU said, the day marks one hundred and forty ninth anniversary of the establishment of ITU in 1865.
According to him, this exemplifies the stellar role in connecting the world to the most advanced and innovative means of communications, which started with telegraph to internet and mobile broadband.
He added that the right to communication was central to the information society and a principle equitable to acquiring knowledge.
He maintained that broadband connectivity was a critical element in ensuring that ICT are used as effective delivery vehicle for health, education, governance, trade and commerce in order to achieve sustainable socioeconomic growth.