MTN ready to help drive Ghana’s ICT vision for the future
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
MTN Ghana has declared its intention to help in building Ghana’s Information Communication and Technology (ICT) vision for the future. The leading network communication company in the country believes that with the existence of a well defined ICT vision for the country, Ghana will leapfrog from its current state to lead the continent in the technology space. With a subscriber base of 15 million and still growing, MTN Ghana is also of the view that Ghana would be able to achieve such a goal through the collaborative efforts of players within the industry including the government, regulator and network operators.
The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana Mr. Ebenzer Twum Asante, who also happens to be the first Ghanaian to head MTN Ghana since its inception, made this known to members of the Network of Communications Reporters (NCR) during a brief visit to his office by executive members of the group.
The visit was to officially congratulate Mr. Asante for his appointment as the CEO of Ghana’s leading network provider and also introduce executive members of the group to him.
Mr. Asante who expressed his profound gratitude for the group’s gesture took time to walk the executive members of NCR through some achievements chalked by his outfit which has also had a tremendous effect on the lives of so many Ghanaian. He recalled how majority of MTN customers some four years ago when the company was celebrating its 10th anniversary were doing only voice, but noted the drastic change some years down the line where out of the subscriber base of 15 million about 8.5 million are doing data. “So in terms of data penetration on MTN network is more than half of the base. And then 4.5 million are also doing mobile financial services and those 4.5 million subscribers are people transacting every single month. MTN is not only growing in numbers but also growing in depth in terms of services that customers are using,” he said.
He further pointed out that with the introduction of the Mobile Money Service in Ghana; MTN has been able to facilitate an innovative platform that is impacting positively on Ghanaians.
The courtesy call which fortunately coincides with the celebration of MTN 15 millionth subscriber afforded the group also to congratulate the management and staff of MTN Ghana for such an achievement.
The Dean of Network of Communications Reporters (NCR), Charles Benoni Okine, speaking on behalf of the group, appealed for more collaboration between MTN and NCR in the area of capacity building. He said such collaborations would enhance the knowledge of tech journalists to better educate and inform the public through their articles.