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Google Ghana plans fast, affordable broadband

The Google Ghana Country Manager, Estelle Akofio-Sowah, has disclosed plans to use its Project Link in the country to expand Internet access and connection to the populace, reports ITRealms.
In an official blog post by Akofio-Sowah, Google has to expand broadband connection affordability that could transform communities and help people make the most of opportunities online.
Akofio-Sowah also noted that the Research and Education Network of Uganda (RENU), which provides infrastructure to connect universities across the country. Using capacity provided by Google’s Project Link.
RENU, ITRealms gathered, has been able to make its network faster, more reliable, and better equipped to enable the easy exchange of ideas, remote research, and academic collaboration.

“Since we first announced Project Link in Uganda, our work with partners like RENU has shown us what's possible, and we want to see more. That’s why today, we are expanding Project Link to Ghana, our first country in West Africa, so that we can work with local Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to bring fast, reliable broadband to more people across the continent,” Estelle said.
While undersea cables reach the coasts, the challenge remains to bring abundant bandwidth closer to Internet users in Ghana’s largest cities—Project Link aims to fill this gap in local infrastructure. 
The Manager said that across Accra, Tema, and Kumasi, Project Link will build more than 1,200 kilometers of fiber to connect local ISPs and MNOs to metro-area fiber networks. By giving them more speed and capacity to work with, providers can meet the growing bandwidth demands of Ghana’s mobile phone users, schools, and businesses.
 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 

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