The rise of Mobile Telecommunication
One of the most visible changes in Ghana over the last five years has been the growth of the mobile phone industry. If the truth be told mobile communication has grown massively all over Africa with companies wanting a piece of this newest lucrative marker.
In Ghana nowadays everybody and their grand mama (my grandma literally owns one!) now has a cell phone. Sim cards cost a mere cedi. There are currently 5 cell phone networks, with MTN being the biggest, followed by Vodafone, Tigo, Airtel and Zain.
A lot of younger Ghanaians and businessmen/women have two or three handsets and news spreads fast. But the biggest effect can be seen on the streets, that is the number of young Ghanaians, men and women who make their living by selling phone credits (Street vendors). Entertainment events/shows and TV programmes are also often sponsored by the mobile phone companies.
Mobile phone access in Ghana is quickly outpacing that of landline phones and changing the nature of communication. According to social surveys it is estimated that three quarters of the population have used or owned a mobile phone for some purpose in within the last year.
The development of the telecommunication industry in the country is one typical area among others that has flourished because of a stable working environment in Ghana. These telecommunication industries have employed the majority of youth in the country, thereby bringing job opportunities to many young people
Mobile phone usage in Ghana is likely to change rapidly over the next several years as new applications and phone models become available.
What do you think of the growth of Mobile telecommunication in Ghana? Is it good for society?
Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)