K-NET, a local tech firm, has been honoured with three well-deserved awards at the maiden FIN Awards held at the Movempick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
K-NET emerged as the FIN Technology Infrastructure Backbone Company of the Year and FIN IoT Infrastructure Champion, while the CEO of K-NET, Richard Hlomador, walked away with the Special Award for DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) Personality.
The awards event formed part of the maiden Africa Cashless Payment Systems (ACPS) Conference, which saw industry players from various parts of the continent discussing how Africans can bridge borders via digitalisation and facilitate intra-continental trade within the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) context.
A total of 42 awards were won on the night by some 18 institutions and 20 personalities in the digital and cashless industry, as well as business leaders, regulators, policymakers and at least one journalist.
Several awardees took home one or two awards, but K-NET was one of two organisations that picked up three awards for their outstanding contribution to digitalisation of the country spanning decades and using completely local expertise to rub shoulders with multinationals in the space.
K-NET Limited is a Telecommunications Company with tremendous experience and knowledge in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions, and specialises in the delivery of innovative communication products and business solutions for use by corporate organisations, government agencies, military and the general consumer public.
Its focus is in delivering world-class solutions tailored for the needs of local and international customers in the following service areas: Teleport; Broadcasting; Wide Area Networks; Rural Telephony; Solar Power Plants; Long Term Evolution; Private 4G; 4G over Satellite and IOT.
Speaking of rural telephony, K-NET works with the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to provide over 40 solar-powered telecoms towers and counting in unserved and underserved communities, to ensure the telcos can provide connectivity to those communities at affordable rates.
Over the years, K-NET has provided Managed Networking and Communications solutions (Data, Voice and Video) to large, medium and small businesses throughout Ghana, with an average annual growth rate of nearly 200% year to year. No other primary Data Communications services provider in Ghana has rivalled this achievement.
The company’s clients are corporate organisations, whose main lines of businesses include banking, mining, TV and Radio broadcasting, publishing, manufacturing, education, governance and merchandising.
K-NET has enormous industry knowledge and has worked with some of the leading mobile operators in various capacities, including but not limited to providing support in backhauling GSM traffic from remote rural communities; and also as an ISP providing data connectivity to its subscribers.
Currently, K-NET has the best teleport service in Ghana using its 11.3m VSAT teleport and hub located in Accra, Ghana, built with state-of-the-art systems for high level service delivery. Its teleport services provide long-term and occasional solutions to broadcast clients in Ghana who operate Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) or Direct to Home (DTH) platforms and channels.
K-NET is the force behind Ghana’s DTT infrastructure, and it currently manages the National DTT Head-end in Accra. But the services of K-NET go beyond the borders of Ghana. They have installations in Liberia, Togo and Sierra Leone serving state organisations, private institutions and communities with both IT and broadcasting solutions.
K-NET is also fast becoming a giant in media production, live events hosting, live broadcasting on all platforms (traditional and new media) and more at the Tesano state-of-the-art event centre – where leading Ghanaian Dancehall act Shatta Wale held his maiden virtual concert during the COVID-19 lockdown.
K-NET indeed remains the silent technology and digital industry giant whose work and solutions impact almost every Ghanaian and the peoples of other countries – but the company has done all of this on the quiet.