Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

High-Tech Center to Open in Ghana

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

High-Tech Center to Open in Ghana

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This month, a state-of-the-art high-tech computer and information technology center with low-cost Internet access will open in Accra, Ghana's capital city. The center, developed by an American company and Ghanaian businesses, will feature training rooms, office space, meeting rooms, workstations for inexpensive public Internet access, a photocopying shop and a cafe. The center will be housed in a 14,000-square-foot former factory building and equipped with Pentium III computers, flat-screen monitors and Internet access via satellite.

"There are 240,000 telephone lines in Ghana for 19 million people. It takes about seven dials to make some phone calls go through, just across town," Mark Davies, the founder and chief executive of BusyInternet, told The New York Times.

BusyInternet, a New York city-based company, plans to open similar centers in Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Uganda. Davies has said that BusyInternet will operate independent of the local utilities. Nua Internet Surveys, a company in Ireland that tracks Internet use statistics, estimated that there were about 20,000 Internet users in Ghana last year. …

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