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  • 1. Ghana Internet Service Providers Association Delivering Solutions to end users – Role of GISPA Ato Sarpong GISPA
  • 2. Introduction  The Ghana Internet Services Providers Association (GISPA) is a non-profit trade corporation that profit represents the interest of Internet Service Providers(ISPs)  The mandate of GISPA is to;  To promote and protect the interests of ISPs in Ghana.  To drive the widespread adoption of internet access and services throughout the country.  To pursue and satisfactorily resolve issues affecting ISPs in a systematic manner.  To communicate pertinent ISP-related information to stakeholders and third parties.
  • 3. Achievements to Date  Role in delivery of Internet services & promotion of ICT  Invested since 1993 in educated Ghanaians on Internet  Drove to establish the Ghana Internet eXchange (GIX) through the Ghana Internet eXchange Association (GIXA, www.gixa.org.gh) Cost, Reliability & speed Competitive  Stimulation of growth in Local economy  Income for over 13, 000 people across the country
  • 4. Achievements • Achieved a 60% reduction in SAT3 fibre prices for GISPA members - $4500 for a full duplex e1 from Accra to the Internet and back. • Co-operated with the incumbent to introduce a 50% off system for dial-up Internet access using the 15xx numbering system. • Ongoing projects include negotiating to buy bulk bandwidth from the SAT3 undersea fibre-optic cable and addressing issues of professional conduct and standards of service within the industry.
  • 5. Contributions cont’d 2006 Indicators  Import duty & VAT payments from equipment cleared – GHC7.5million  Net VAT & NHIL payments GHC 10.8million  Direct taxes – GHC 5.8million  Corporate Taxes – GHC3.1million  Contribution to GDP in terms of business transacted on our network – 4.2%
  • 6. Facilitating Penetration  International Bandwidth Prices $12k - $4.5k $1,650 now $250-$350 11k accounts to 64k accounts  Growth – just above 5k subscriber base  CAPEX  Financial Capacity  Dealing with Global competition
  • 7. Last Mile Connectivity options & Challenges  Copper - Quality and reach  Satellite – Reach  Fibre – Cost  Wireless  Frequency allocation & cost  Spectrum utilization efficiencies  Location challenges
  • 8. Challenges  High cost of International bandwidth  Inhibitive legislations  High cost of doing business in Ghana  Funding opportunities for the industry  Fighting cybercrime
  • 9. Towards Cheaper bandwidth  Regulations  Operator efficiencies & Partnerships  Competition – International & Local  Implementation of policies & Legislations  Governments commitment to connectivity
  • 10. Q&A Name: Richard Hlomador Designation: President Mail: president@gispa.org.gh Web: www.gispa.org.gh

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