French Schlumberger payphones in the market in Accra.
The payphone, which has changed little in its 100-plus year history, is not escaping the wireless revolution. Ask a telecommunications official from Ghana to recall how many payphones there were in his country in 1998. The answer would be that only 35 payphones were servicing the entire country, 32 of which were located in the capital city of Accra. This year, there are over two hundred payphones and the number is growing. The reason for this is that the Ghanaian authorities decided that the quickest and most economical solution for improving its telecommunications infrastructure was the wireless payphone.