A study carried out by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) for the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) indicates telecom operators in the country paid a total of GHC1.05 billion in total taxes in 2014 alone.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Kwaku Sakyi Addo has stepped down after being in the position for the past six years. He will take up a new role as the Board Chairman of the industry regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The new Administrator for Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante has paid a courtesy call on the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication, Kwaku Sakyi Addo.
Despite the current economic headwinds, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT), Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo is confident that the prospects of the telecom sector are bright.
Telecommunication companies in Ghana last year (2013) experienced a depressing 30 percent increase in cable cuts. Two thousand one hundred and ten (2110) cable cuts were recorded last year compared to 1,605 in 2012 and 480 in 2011.
The Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the National Communications Authority (NCA) has proposed and is in the process of implementing a Mandatory Interconnect Clearing House (ICH) to be operated by a privately owned monopoly.
Great strides have been made in telecommunications in Ghana over the past decade and half with mobile phone subscriptions having grown from a few thousands in the mid-nineties to 26 million today. Despite the progress, questions and complaints about telecoms services are common.
The CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications on Tuesday told a telecoms stakeholders forum that the cost of Internet services for end-users will drop when costs for service-providers and suppliers fall.