Ghana’s mobile ‘miracle’
TELECOMSBy BiztechAfrica - April 11, 2012, 3:45 p.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Michael Ikpoki, has described the mobile revolution in Ghana as a ‘Mobile Miracle’, noting that subscribers are placing less emphasis on the mobile device, and more emphasis on connectivity, capabilities and experience offered.
Ikpoki was speaking at a telecom round table discussion forum held in Accra as part of the Africa Investment Forum 2012.
Discussing Telecom Sector Development: Innovations to widen market access and generate capacity (A study on MTN Ghana), the MTN Ghana CEO disclosed that uptake of 3G compatible devices, including smart phones grew from 210 in 2008 to approximately 803K by the end of 2011 on MTN alone, while tablet PCs witnessed a significant rise to 6,213 by the end of 2011.
He noted that the Telecom industry in Ghana has been a key driver of Ghana’s economic growth, directly accounting in 2010 for 7% of investments in Ghana, 10% of Government income and 2% of GDP.
In the years 2000 to 2010, an amount of USD 1.13 trillion was invested into Ghana’s telecommunication industry infrastructure, according to the World Bank’s report, and this development is responsible for the creation of about 1.5 million jobs across the country.
Ikpoki said MTN Ghana was leading the way in improving coverage in Ghana, investing GH.C 1.2 billion in network infrastructure, putting up sophisticated national IP/MPLS network, establishing of 3,342 BTS and five switch centres and world class data centres with unlimited backhaul capacity 4302G and 125 3G BTS which was rolled out in 2011. He also highlighted the landing of 14,000km WACS cable commercialization on the shores of Accra this year.
Although the industry is experiencing tremendous growth and development at high rate, it is also plagued with huge challenges, said Ikpoki.
- Entrenched position and posturing by key stakeholders, exacerbated by a perception of the industry as a ‘cash cow’
- Pressure from increased taxation and leveies e.g Arbitrary MMDA fees
- Increasing utility rates not matched by service improvement - current levels of availability lower than specified by the utility companies; direct impact on OPEX and service delivery
- Permitting delays and community activism against telecoms infrastructure and
- Exogenous disruption to networks infrastructure, such as frequent fibre cuts contributing to QoS problems.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
MTN Cameroon drops tariffs once moreMTN Cameroon has announced its Best tariff plan, allowing subscribers to double their airtime after each refill and benefit from call bonuses towards all networks. Read More
Vodacom thrills students with cloud computingVodacom, in its “power to you” initiative, has extended its ICT field trip and tour opportunities to schools in communities where it operates. Read More
Liquid Telecom expands African satellite operationAs part of a multi-million dollar (US) investment in its satellite business, Liquid Telecom is the first operator to build a satellite hub at Teraco’s vendor-neutral earth station in South Africa. Read More
MACRA demystifies spectrum managementMalawi's regulator explains the issues around spectrum allocation. Gregory Gondwe reports. Read More
Orange Telkom Kenya donates KSh 2.19 million for drought efforts in Northern KenyaOrange Telkom Kenya has extended its support to the Laisamis Livelihood Improvement project into the second phase with a donation of KSh. 2.19 million to World Vision Kenya. Read More
NCC imposes N647m fine on telcosNigeria's NCC has imposed fines in the total sum of N647,500,000 million on three service providers, Airtel, Globacom and MTN Nigeria Ltd for failing to meet KPIs. Read More
Blu’s high speed WiFi is a hit for Accra MallThe Accra Mall is reaping the benefits of a high-speed WiFi installation by Blu Telecommunications, the 4G telecoms company. Read More
MTN: The journey must continueThe telecoms industry has spent the last 4 years on a journey towards cost-orientation, regulatory best practice and parity, and this journey must continue, says MTN. Read More
Nigerian 2.3 GHz auction winner namedBitflux Communications Limited has won Nigeria’s 2.3 GHz spectrum band licence auction, beating mobile operator Globacom. Read More
FEATURED STORYMACRA demystifies spectrum management
Malawi's regulator explains the issues around spectrum allocation. Gregory Gondwe reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHYouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and the UNDP, in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions, will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by YouthConnekt.