Posted: Monday 26th March 2012 at 11:36 am

Google Bridges Internet Access Gap

Estelle Akofio Sowah and Nelson Mattos speaking at the event.

In its quest to get more users online and grow a sustainable internet ecosystem in the country, Google Ghana has introduced the Google+ Mobile features.

The new features will help facilitate internet access and get more Ghanaians to sign up and stay connected at all times.

The new feature, Google+ SMS, allows users to share, receive and respond to notification via SMS even when they are offline.

Google+ Mobile website also allows people to remain connected through any internet-enabled phones.

The Google +Mobile also allows users to sign up for Google+ straight from a mobile device.

Launching the features at the annual gGhana event which brings together hundreds of tech savvy entrepreneurs developers and journalists to provide training sessions for over 1000 participants, Estelle Akofio Sowah, country lead, Google Ghana, said the features will reduce access to all potential users.

Akofio Sowah said findings from Google Ghana research showed that 80 per cent of Ghanaians are not online, adding that we want to get more users online by developing an accessible, relevant and sustainable internet ecosystem.”

She said Ghana’s internet ecosystem will grow through the input of everyone and asked Ghanaians to take advantage of the new features to help grow the country’s internet pedestal.

Nelson Mattos, Vice President for EMEF Product Management and Engineering, a key speaker at the gGhana event, which gave participants the opportunity to discuss the future of web application development, said an agreement had been reached with telecom companies in Ghana to run the features.

“We have reached agreement with Airtel, MTN, Tigo and are yet to finalize technicalities with Vodafone for them to sign the contract,” he said.

Speaking to the participants, he said Google+ which is an integration of Google products for full socialization, brings together the real world and life into one space.

He further noted that the new features will reduce the cost of internet charges since SMS sent by Google users are free.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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