The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) provisionally handed over the extended portion of the Eastern Corridor Fiber Optic Backbone project to the Government of Ghana.

Commenced in 2016, the 165 kilometers extended backbone project links Ho to Accra and had Kenpong Construction as key subcontractor.

The project seeks to provide telecom infrastructure upon which the government’s digitization programmes will be based.

The full Eastern Corridor Fiber Optic Backbone Project, which spans 800 km and links Ghana’s South and North as well as international submarine gateways, began in 2013 with a €38 million support from the government of Denmark. It serves major towns such as Ho, Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbilla, Yendi, Tamale, Gushiegua and Bawku as well as 23 smaller communities.

Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said about 120 communities were connected along the Eastern Corridor route which is expected to be managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said the linking of the of neighbouring communities along the fiber optic route wiould enable them utilize the high-speed access that infrastructure provides for both voice and data connectivity.

Ambassador of Denmark to Ghana Mr. Tove Degnbol described the Eastern Corridor Fiber Optic Project as the backbone of Ghana’s digitization strategy.