PhD Proposal: Telecom Co-Location Strategy in Ghana
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Co-Location/Infrastructural Sharing by Competing International Telecom Companies in Ghana



There are 5 major international competing telecommunication companies in the small country of Ghana, which have practically all built and continue to build their own individual capital-intensive national infrastructure resulting in these high costs and perhaps inefficiencies being passed down to the consumer. Other issues are interconnect issues. The more individual companies with individual infrastructures there are, the more skill is required in order to manage interconnect costs etc. This ’individual’ company approach slows down communication development, which in turn slows down national development. Whilst some effort at sharing infrastructure has begun over the past 5 to 10 years, it seems to be generally uncoordinated from a nationalistic perspective and limited to private interaction between consenting competing telecom companies. Furthermore, it would appear as though not only technical expertise is required to optimize the use of the various networks, but the more important, but more difficult skill of the social engineering for competing telecom companies to cooperate with each other.


I intend to investigate how the process of optimizing the use of the various networks can be catalysed and approached in a more nationalistic, scientific and planned way, guided by appropriate telecom policy.


Qualitative method will be used. In general, my method of data collection will be by participant observation, i.e. active participation in related telecom activities, meetings, operations, etc. of the telecom companies and regulating and cohort bodies such as NCA (National Communications Authority) etc. and taking records of such meetings. Guidance will be sought from the companies as to what is confidential information and what can be included in this thesis. This guidance will be followed strictly.


It is hoped that as a result of this research, guidelines on the best way to utilize, optimize and develop Ghana’s telecom infrastructure would be developed which would save much cost, time and effort.

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