National Congress suffers comms jam


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

comments powered by Disqus


Tigo Ghana opens new digital support centre

Tigo Ghana has commissioned its new Digital Support Centre at the Tema Free Zones Enclave. Read More

Orange, ENGIE to optimise power supply to telecoms infrastructure in Africa

Orange and ENGIE have signed a partnership covering two projects – the expansion of the rural electricity grid and ENGIE’s optimisation of energy supplied to Orange’s telecoms infrastructure in Africa.   Read More

MTN Ghana ready to deploy 4G LTE

The Chief Executive Officer at MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Twum Asante, has indicated MTN Ghana’s readiness and preparedness to deploy 4G LTE in the country.  Read More

New Airtel shop opens in Meru

Airtel has unveiled a new walk-in Service Centre in Meru that offers customers the convenience and ease of access to Airtel's range of value-added products and services. Read More

BTCL releases ‘ultimate communications solution’

The Botswana Telecommunications Corporations Limited (BTCL) has unveiled a mobile VSAT product meant to revolutionise the way of doing business in the country.  Read More

Glo unveils Twin Bash with 400% data bonus, 200% airtime bonus

Just two weeks after the launch of the Free Tomorrow promo, Globacom has unveiled another promo with benefits that include quadruple data and free double airtime for calls to all network. Read More

Vodafone Ghana CEO urges African SMEs to embrace technology as a key enabler

Vodafone Ghana Chief Executive Officer Haris Broumidis has urged local entrepreneurs to embrace technology to help their businesses to grow. Read More

Orange signs an agreement with Helios Investment Partners for sale of Telkom Kenya stake

The Orange Group has announced that it has signed a binding agreement with Helios Investment Partners for the sale of its entire 70% stake in Telkom Kenya. Read More

MTN CEO resigns

MTN has appointed Phuthuma Nhleko as Executive Chairman in a temporary capacity following the resignation of Sifiso Dabengwa as CEO. Read More

MTN clarifies NCC fine status

MTN has released a statement to clarify the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) fine and related issues. Read More


Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks Unlimited


eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile eCommerce in Africa urged to take advantage of mobile

The Executive Chairman of Alltel has urged operators of eCommerce in Ghana and Africa as a whole to take advantage of the current trend for Africans to trade online via their mobile handsets. 


Nigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says WoodNigeria needs $25b investment in broadband, says Wood

Telecoms executive Adrian Wood speaks to Kokumo Goodie about investment potential in Nigeria.