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Telecom in Ghana - A Game of Multinationals

Comment: The mobile phone revolution

Author:
Borketey Lawe
Date:
2009-01-20 13:43:21
Comment to:
Telecom in Ghana - A Game of Multinationals


It is interesting and almost humbling for me to read an article by a fellow country man touting the benefits of competition. Indeed there is a wind of change blowing on the shores of the former gold coast now Ghana. Foreign investment and competion is no longer selling away our heritage it is going to make us play by the rules of the game

The power of choice manifested itself in the election that ushered in another party to power.

But the ministry of communications should set up a standards board or a regulatory body that will ensure that every phone company is making international calls go through and not allowing calls to go to favored countries quicker and better than others. And not selected phone companies get their calls through on first try while the customers of others waste time and languish on the phone.

An example is right now my brother who lives in Washington DC can call me at anytime on kasapa but calls through mtn especially the numbers that begin with 244, 243, and others don't get to me most of the time.

Regulation and making the playing field level for all competitors are quite different from trying to control and ignore the abuse of consumers.

As you may be aware the banking crisis and the resulting recession in America came about because all the rules and regulatory duties of the agencies that wwere supposed to regulate and audit the banks and other financial institutions were thrown to the wind. It was the false belief that competion will solve all abuses that caused it.

The predatory nature of human beings are often manifested in the way they run their businesses.

It is not enough to construct a fence around your farm or livestock. You must check it regularly for attempts to break into it - or ways to deceive your livestock to leave the safety of the fence you have built for them.

Indeed Ghana can use competion in the running of many of the industries that are monopolized by the government. Power generation, railways and others.
The strangest of all is the so-called state-owned media with the added monopoly of exclusive assess to government officials and announcements.

I rest my case.

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