There was a question about the telephone network in Ghana and whether anyone
at all can have internet access.
Ghana Telecom has been doing very well in recent years in terms of upgrading
their systems and providing better telecomms services. Almost all the
regional capitals (there are 10 regions) have digital telephone exchanges and
this has improved service greatly. Those which do not have digital exchanges
yet are currently going through rehabilitation. Cross-Talk (hearing other
conversations while on the phone) has reduced greatly (almost to nil) and
whereas one had to call several times to get access to certain phone lines,
now it is very easy. In the capital, Accra, there are still some phones which
have to access analog exchanges but this will change shortly (hopefully).
International phone calls are not difficult to make even though one has to
apply to Ghana Telecom either for a separate IDD (International Direct
Dialing) line or for conversion of an existing line to an IDD line. Of course
IDD connection costs more money.
There are also private companies which provide Mobile phone services to the
public. These are nice things to have but very expensive.
Oh. I happen to know quite a lot about telephone systems in Ghana because my
wife happens to be an engineer with Ghana Telecom.
Now about internet connection.
Any one with a phone and modem can hook up to the NCS internet gateway. What
I have to do is periodically dial in to their servers and access internet
services like e-mail and Gopher. I just pay for the local phone bills.
Hope this information is useful. Prepared to answer any more questions.
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