Ghana’s leading telecommunications company, MTN Ghana has extended its coverage of wireless mobile telephony to include 130 underserved and unserved communities in nine regions across the country as part of the roll out for 2017.
The regional breakdown of the new cell sites is as follows:
Ashanti – 16
BrongAhafo – 22
Central – 24
Eastern – 16
Northern – 9
Upper East – 2
Upper West – 14
Volta – 11
Western – 16
Furthermore, an additional 185 sites are at different stages of completion and will be going live within the next three months. This is in partnership with the Ghana Infrastructure Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC). The project is aimed at extending the coverage of wireless mobile telephone services as far as possible into all areas of the country.
Through the rural telephony project, mobile telephone coverage has been extended to communities with no access to telecommunication for mobile telephony and mobile financial services.
Speaking to the development, the Ag. CEO of MTN ModupeKadiri said, “at MTN we know and understand that everyone deserves the benefits of a connected world. To this end we are committed to brightening the lives of every Ghanaian living in the country whether the location is commercially viable or not”.
The plan to extend rural telephony to more underserved and unserved communities in Ghana requires the commitment of all telecom partners and MTN Ghana continues to demonstrate this through innovative solutions.
MTN Ghana, however, is looking beyond profit making and believes that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life, continues to champion the delivery of rural telephony in deprived areas across the country. The intervention will bridge the digital divide between the served and underserved while enhancing economic activities in rural communities.
Over the past years, MTN has more than doubled the number of Mobile Base Transceiver Stations across the country with close to 3,000 cell sites. We have invested over US$3.472 billion in our network infrastructure, including expanding our 3G network, deploying more fiber backbone and metro, deployment of fiber to the home, connecting to more international undersea cables, building world-class facilities and putting in place green initiatives for long-term sustainability.
MTN Ghana is committed to providing the best mobile services and enhanced customer experience. As such we would like to assure our valued customers of our commitment to the social contract we have with them. Brightening the lives of our customers through the benefits of ICT and our social investments represent MTN’s mission.
About MTN Ghana
MTN Ghana is the market leader in the increasingly competitive mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana, offering subscribers a range of exciting options under Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go Services. The company has committed itself to delivering reliable and innovative services that provide value for subscribers in Ghana’s telecommunications market. Since its entry into Ghana in 2006, MTN has continuously invested in expanding and modernizing its network in order to offer superior services to a broad expanse of the nation. Total network investments from 2006-2016 are about US$3.472 billion.
MTN has the widest network coverage across Ghana. With the recent commercial launch of 4G LTE services, MTN became the only mobile operator providing 4G services in all regional capitals and large cities. The company has also built three modern switch and data centres to deliver stable, reliable, efficient and robust Telecom and Data Services to customers.
Ghanaian chemical engineer, Dr. Thomas Mensah, says he could revamp the country’s railway system at the cost of $6billion.
He said he will achieve this by employing high-speed trains known as bullet trains that will link communities in the northern and southern parts of Ghana.
The US National Academy of Inventors fellow told Myjoyonline.com Thursday, he will use a fibre-optic technology to shrink the travel time to 200 miles per hour (mph). The current estimated travel time from Accra to Bolgatanga, the capital of Upper East Region is 11 hours.
His comment came months after the Ghana Railway Development Authority requested $21.5billion to procure new coaches and renovate lines.
A master plan drafted in 2013 to bolster the sector has proposed the construction of 4,007.6 kilometres railway line.
But out of the current 947km track length of railway line in the country, only 130km is operational, providing freight and passenger services.
The Accra to Tema, Accra to Kotoku and Awaso to Dunkwa and Takoradi are the only lines known to be working.
But Dr Mensah believes with $6billion, the railway sector will witness the improvement it needs, which will spur on development.
“We should do the bullet train…steel on steel,” he said, adding the time has come for the government to invest in “proven systems.”
The Ghanaian rehashed a quote from celebrated American broadcaster, Opera Winfrey when he said: “excellence is the antidote of discrimination.”
“I don’t want the buzz words,” he cautioned against the more-talk-less-work mantra of some people.
His meteoric rise as a respected figure in the area of nanotechnology across the world has been the making of hard work and dedication, he said.
“When I get up to speak at MIT [and] all the big universities, my colour goes away,” he said, adding “I am respected just like Bill Gates.”
When he told then US President Barack Obama about bullet trains, China had just one high-speed rail, but now they have 40.
“That means they built four a year [and] Ghana can build a high-speed rail and have it ready in 2020,” he said.
Dr Mensah has designed a smartwatch that changes the channel just by waving it and his works are credited for the penetration of social media.
“When I get up and I put my books down…Nanotechnology…none of the professors have written that book,” he said.
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