Ghana has been ranked as the country with the highest mobile broadband penetration in Africa, says a recent International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report.
According to the “Measuring Information Society Report” released in the last quarter of 2012, mobile broadband penetration surged from 7% in 2010 to 23% in 2011.
Ghana’s mobile broadband prices are also relatively low. At 14% of Gross National Income (GNI) per person, it is four and half times cheaper than the African average which stands at 64% of GNI per person.
The report said 14 per cent of Ghanaians were internet users, up from 10 per cent in 2010. The ITU report is the most comprehensive statistical and analytical document on the shape of ICT markets worldwide.
“This report is impartial and can be used as an annual industry benchmark for technology development,” says ITU Secretary General Dr. Hamadoun I. Toure.
The ITU report said among African countries, Ghana’s telecommunications sector had the highest investment to revenue ratio in 2009 and 2010, which shows that operators invested relatively heavily in fixed assets in order to maintain and enhance networks.
Fixed broadband penetration has remained marginal, however.
The report also includes an ICT Development Index (IDI)which combines 11 indicators into a single measure that can be used as a benchmarking tool to track progress in ICT development over time.