In response to David Lush...
Our research (1,500 plus interviews, in addition to community focus groups,
meetings with over 60 traditional chiefs, meetings with traders & business
people, focus groups with market women, meetings with district and regional
government leaders, etc.) indicates significant unmet demand for rural
telephony and a preference for communication shops and card payphones as a
means of access to telephones. People typically travel 30-50km to make a
phone call at present.
For further background on the private sector and telecom in Africa, see this
very good article in tele.com:
http://www.teledotcom.com/0598/features/tdc0598africa.html from May/98.
As Jorn Grotnes said:
"No need to underestimate Ghanaians, they'll pay for the service only if
they want it, appropriate marketing or
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From: David Lush <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Saturday, July 17, 1999 10:23 AM
Subject: ICT Fetishist comes clean
>On Fri, 16 Jul 1999 09:47:22 -0400 Don Richardson wrote:
>>My number one project right now is a rural telecom business planning
>>initiative designed to put together private sector funding for an
>>extensive wireless rural telecom/telephone/communication shop initiative
>>in rural areas of northern Ghana. This planning involves EXTENSIVE
>You might be making extensive consultion about how to implement the
>project, but how was the need for a communication shop, and the specific
>areas of northern Ghana, identified in the first place?
>It's all very well for the ICT fetishists (sp) to sell a concept to a
>community through 'participatory research' (appropriate marketing), but how
>often does a community take the initiative and say: "We want a
>communication shop - help us do it"?
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