Modems in Ghana's Free Zone.
Arrow, with the
active assistance of
partners and principals, is currently assembling
both licensed and unlicensed data
radios in Ghana for the African market.
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» Independent wireless
backbone in Ghana.
As part of the
free zones program, Arrow is building an
independent data backbone throughout Ghana.
We are using a combination of
radio technologies to build a reliable and
cost-effective backbone. This is aimed at
increasing the choice of wide area
network connectivity options for users in Ghana.
We are building this backbone
with skills and investments from
It is our aim to develop local expertise through
this project to enable us extend these
technologies to other nations in Africa,
beginning with our ECOWAS neighbors.
» Wide Area
Networks (WAN) for Banks in
Arrow is already
offering wide area network connectivity for
major banks in the country over our private
backbone. Long distance
"last-mile" hops off the backbone are achieved
with Morse UHF radios. Shorter distance
high speed hops are achieved with our
Blink radios. We use licensed frequencies
mostly for such networks. Uptime of these
links exceed 98%
despite power and
several other local challenges.
Customs Clearing WAN for
government of Ghana.
Also over our
private and independent backbone, government
links have been installed for customs clearing
from long distance border
posts. Both Morse and Blink radios are
used for long distance and high speed
"last-mile" hops, respectively. We have also
installed several inner city wireless
connections for business-to-government linkages
as part of Ghana's e-governance
project. These allow several businesses and
agencies to have on-line connections to
government databases to facilitate a
more efficient and easier customs clearing from
» Point-of-Sale WAN for
Department of Lotteries.
capabilities of the Morse radio make it ideal
building large scale non-line-of-sight networks
suitable for point-of-sale and
payment systems. We are therefore building
and maintaining a nation-wide POS network for
on-line lotteries and
gaming for the Ghana government, through Simnet,
WAN in Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
We have already
begun the export of technology and expertise to
Nigeria and Sierra Leone. We have provided
connectivity using our Morse
radio for a number of banks in Nigeria. We
have also used our Blink radios to build the
first wide area network for the
government of Sierra Leone in a World Bank
project to interconnect government ministries,
departments and agencies.
» Javelin – Free
Internet access for schools using
With the advantage
of the long distance reach of our Morse UHF radios,
yet with little bandwidth, we developed Javelin,
an open source
software which mirrors educational websites
which we host on school campuses for students
and staff who otherwise have no
access to the Internet. We also scan
essential textbooks onto the Javelin server for
students and staff
access in the
school. Javelin also makes it possible for
students and staff to send and receive e-mails.
Due to the long distance reach of
the Morse UHF/VHF radios, Javelin may be
installed practically anywhere in the country so
that students in remote
locations do not get left out in access to
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