National Congress suffers comms jam

TELECOMS

|
Image: Waiting to connect. By Nana Appiah Acquaye
Waiting to connect

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Networks of the major telecommunication operators in Ghana were jammed for hours at the Special National Delegate Congress of the country’s ruling party, the National Democratic Congress NDC, this week. This development has not only put lots of constraints in the way of the organizers but has also made communications at the congress ground very difficult.

The coverage of the programme by the media was also put on hold for several hours as journalists struggled to get calls through to their colleagues or to connect using modems to enable live streaming of their programmes.  

Journalists told BiztechAfrica how frustrated they were that their MTN and Airtel internet modems were not working.  One of the organisers said efforts to get the Ashanti Regional operational team to rectify the problem had proved futile.

In spite of these challenges, the sale of call cards of the various network operators is booming as demand shoots up.

The Minister of Communications, Hon. Harruna Iddrissu, was present at the congress grounds,  but could not help the  situation bedeviling the free flow of communication.

Those fortunate enough to get connected have been making good use of social media to report on proceedings. This year, Ghana’s politicians are depending on social to get their messages across as they prepare for the country general election on 7 December. 



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

Danbatta seeks Reps’ cooperation on telecom regulations

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has called for more cooperation and understanding of members of the House of Representatives, on regulatory functions of the commission. Read More

Orange completes acquisition of Airtel in Burkina Faso

Orange has announced that, together with its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire, it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the mobile operator Airtel in Burkina Faso.  Read More

MTN Ghana goes live with 4G LTE in grand style

The plush iconic MTN House, home to MTN Ghana’s operations came to a standstill on Tuesday, as the country’s telecom leader officially unveiled its latest 4G LTE services across the length and breadth of Ghana.  Read More

NCC to end telcos’ voluntary adherence to corporate governance

  Felix Adeoye; Prof Umar Dambatta and Communications Technology Minister Adebayo Shittu After more than one year of voluntary adherence by telcos to the Corporate Governance Code for the industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday started a journey that will lead to mandatory enforcement. Read More

Telkom Kenya appoints new CEO

Telkom Kenya has announced the appointment of Aldo Mareuse as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Read More

N1.04tr NCC fine: MTN agrees on N330b staggered payment

MTN Nigeria and the Nigeria Communications Commission have reached an amicable settlement in the matter of the N1.04trillion fine imposed by the regulator in October last year. Read More

MTN Nigerian fine payment terms resolved

MTN has announced that the matter of its fine has been resolved with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Read More

NCC to review 2.6GHz spectrum auction

The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, says the Commission will soon meet with operators over the recent auction of 2.6GHz spectrum. Read More

Vodafone Ghana committed to use technology to address critical health issues

The new Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba, has reiterated Vodafone Ghana’s commitment to using technology to address critical health issues such as maternal and infant mortality in the country.  Read More

How telcos in Ghana performed in NCA’s Voice Subscriptions Report

Airtel and MTN Ghana increased their voice and data subscription bases in Q1 2016, according to NCA’s latest report on Mobile Voice and Data Subscription trends. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.