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28.09.2005 General News

Satellite Hub Launched

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The minister for communications, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, has called on operators in the telecommunications sector to undertake socially responsible Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development to enhance the growth of the economy.

He said the revised national telecommunications policy was aimed at creating a telecom environment based on the principle of open market and fair competition and encouraged the private sector to take advantage of it.

Mr Kan-Dapaah made the call at the launch of an ultra-modern satellite hub from Superlock Technologies Limited (STL) and its new office building.

The hub is capable of handling up to 80,000 VSATs, which can be scaled up to contain 300,000, a capacity big enough for the whole of the sub-region.

Mr Kan-Dapaah wondered why, even with such facilities in the country, there were still complaints about uneven geographical distribution of technology.

“Uneven distribution in terms of affordability, yes but certainly not uneven geographical distribution,” he added.

Mr Kan-Dapaah said the new facility provided by STL guaranteed even geographical distribution, knowledge and information and entreated the private sector to take advantage of its benefits.

Mr David Haworth, an official of STL, said the facility, a high-power satellite with rain attenuation, was designed to support tens of thousands of remotes with only minor changes to the hub architecture. He described it as a state-of-the –art facility capable of bringing remarkable changes into the way of doing things in the country.