Ghana Telecom is developing the use of solar power for its network.

Accra, Nov. 2, GNA – In the face of current energy challenges, Ghana Telecom (GT) plans to use solar as the main source of power to run its 300 cell sites nationwide, a top management source has said. Currently, most of the sites are powered either by conventional power, batteries or commercial generators.

This is terrific news. The more Ghana can move forward using renewable resources, the better she can provide for all her people.

There are still problems.

Koforidua, Oct. 31, GNA – The Eastern Regional Police command and the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) have arrested four employees of Ghana Telecom (GT) for hacking the company’s overhead cables valued at 28 millions cedis.

The suspects are Ebenezer Anim, 55, Michael Acquaye, 28, Eric Oppong, 34 and Moro Inusah, 34. They are all telephone technicians based at GT’s Koforidua office.

Not only is cable stolen and service cut. Criminals and cronies connected with GT make calls and tap lines so that innocent businesses and individuals are charged huge bills for calls made by the criminals and cronies. GT bills are not correctly itemized, and GT employees demand payment before bills are even rendered. This may not happen everwhere, but I have seen it in action in Koforidua, and I have heard it is worse in some other places. These actions are damaging to business, and have forced many businesses to close, or to close any activities connected with Telecom. I hope these arrests are the first step in curbing this criminal behavior.