In a statement released to the media, the mobile telephone companies say as part of the National Accelerated Development plan for the communications sector in Ghana, the sector has been liberalized and structures are being put in place to strengthen the industry.
According to the statement signed by officials of four mobile phone companies, Mawuena Dumor of MTN, Hannah Agbozo of Zain, Sarah Hakeem of Tigo James K. Afful of Kasapa Telecom, the mobile telecommunications operators in Ghana have agreed to establish a Telecoms Chamber similar to globally instituted chambers to bring the industry together periodically to discuss matters of common interest to stakeholders.
In addition to providing a pro-active advocacy platform for the telecoms industry, the Chamber will also deliver inputs for policies being developed for the sector. This Chamber also aims to achieve its goals through a programme of research and publication of papers and quarterly journals on various mobile telecommunication related issues, it said.
Addressing consumer needs, the statement said mobile phone operators are mindful of their subscribers and are of the conviction that the Ghanaian economy will benefit from the institution of the Chamber as this will, in addition to government regulation, support legislation based upon the principle that telecommunications markets should be driven by consumer demand, advances in technology, and healthy competition between mobile telecommunication companies.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi