MTN Ghana undertakes 4G LTE site testing
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
MTN Ghana says it has started testing over 60 cell sites located in four different regions of Ghana to pave the way for a successful 4G LTE launch in the third quarter of this year. Ghana’s telecom giant believes that customers can only get to explore the full benefit of mobile apps if they have a robust internet connectivity hence it acquisition of 4G LTE licence in December last year.
Speaking during the Apps Challenge Awards Night, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN, Mr. Ebenezer Twum Asante, intimated that internet usage is driven by the use of mobile applications especially as a result of the increasing number of smart devices on the market. Highlighting the billions of apps that are downloaded daily around the world, Mr Twum Asante mentioned the huge impact that usage of these applications have had on the lives of people.
“Interestingly, when you visit any apps store you would see apps that are developed for different purposes; some are for education, entertainment, religion whilst others promote healthy lifestyle. Some provide directions or give traval assistance. Indeed I would venture to say there apps for almost every facet of our lives” he said.
The MTN boss trust that the roll out of MTN 4G LTE service would provide an unlimited opportunities not only for App developers but for everyone one working in the digital space.
As part of its commitment to further service delivery and customer experience, MTN Ghana this year has embarked on investing an amount of USD 96 million in Network improvement s including its upcoming LTE and other IT infrastructure.
The MTN Apps Challenge is geared toward unearthing local talents to develop mobile applications relevant to the Ghanaian community. Application categories for this year’s edition include education, lifestyle and games. The applications should be unique, user friendly and relevant to the Ghanaian market.