Ghana IT gets a boost with Surfline 4G LTE
By Nana Appiah Acqauye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s internet growth is about is about to witness another massive boost as Surfline Communications Limited makes inroads into the Information Communication and Technology sector with the official introduction of its 4G Long-Term Evolution network in Accra.
The operation of 4G LTE in the country by Surfline will provide speedy internet connectivity ten times faster than what is been experienced now. It’s also believed that the availability of 4G LTE internet services in the country will go a long way to inspire businesses, families and students to embrace the internet and achieve and experience much more in less time.
Indeed some few Ghanaians who have experienced the new surfline 4G LTE connectivity devices including modem, Mi-Fis and Wi-Fi routers could not hide their excitement when Biztechafrica tried to find out from them the performance level of these new devices.
Paa Kwasi Kwarteng operates an internet service café at New Town a suburb of Accra. He runs his internet café using a Vodafone internet Broadband, a service he told Biztechafrica sometimes encounter lots of problems with respect to stable, reliable and fast connectivity. To Paa Kwasi Kwarteng a continues reliance on Vodafone Broadband service will someday get him out of business but thanks to the introduction of 4G LTE 150m Router which takes up to 32 users on the wireless connection and 1 device on the LAN/Cable port.
But whiles most Ghanaian celebrates on the super fastness of 4G LTE in the country, some industry experts believes that there are some challenges this service present which should be made public.
According to Ambrose Safo Peprah of Elcuto Consult a local tech consultancy firm located in Accra, using 4G on LTE platform is going to take up approximately three times as much battery power as 3G on mobile devices, meaning consumers will need more battery power when using 4G LTE device.
“In Ghana, since 4G networks are not doing voice, it means existing mobile phone users cannot port to 4G networks to share the 4G benefits even though we have Mobile Number Portability. They will have to incur extra cost to acquire a modem or a router or another mobile device (of cause from the 4G network operator) to be able to enjoy the 4G experience," he said.