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24.03.2009 Business & Finance

GISPA promises to take lion share of the market

By Michael Owusu Akuamoah - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) has declared its preparedness to become the number one Internet Service provider in the telecommunication industry on the African market by rendering quality but affordable services to its numerous clients.

To that effect, the Association, together with African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) and the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence would join forces in upgrading the skills and knowledge of its numerous members by organizing series of training workshop on “Internet Service Providers (ISP) Liability for Third Party Content”.

Briefing its members on the state of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Accra recently, the President of GISPA, Mr. Richard Hlomador said the initiative would be of tremendous help to both the internet community and the general public, in that, it seeks to stimulate the economy which in general, would contribute to the well being of Ghanaians.

“Our quest to deliver cheaper bandwidth has also driven us to take certain steps that we believe would help stimulate the industry and improve the country's broadband outlook as well” he noted.

He therefore invited proposals from the various stakeholders in the telecommunication industry that can deliver affordable bandwidth to its members collectively, to come onboard to enable them provide quality but cheaper broadband services to the general public.

This, he believed, would help stimulate the country's economy. “With the support of the various stakeholders in the industry like the Ministry of Communications, the National Communications Authority and the other stakeholders, we shall have the appropriate impact on the communications sector and the economy as a whole” he said.

According to him, the association was putting in place measures to start deploying voice services in order to be competitive on the African market. The two-day workshop is set begin today and the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence and would end tomorrow.

GISPA is currently made up of NCS internet Ghana, Africa Online, IDN, Tin-Ifa, Busy Internet, Netplux, K-Net, Broadband Home, Easy-Net, Ecoband, Net Afrique, Gateway Communication, Discoverytel, Africanus, Teledata ICT, Comsys Ghana, IBurst Africa, Internet Solutions,UCOM, Golden Beach Hotels and Tandem Networks.