Vodafone Ghana invests US$1.7 billion in QoS
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Corporate Communications Manager of Vodafone Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Amankwah, has revealed Vodafone Ghana’s capital investments into its network operations to ensure quality of service across the country. According to him, an amount of US$1.7 billion has been invested to strengthen the operations of the network within the past seven years.
Speaking at a round table meeting with the media in Kumasi to highlight the progress and challenges facing the industry Mr Amankwah noted that there had been a significant increase in the number of its subscribers – from 1.5 million in year 2008 to 7.3 million, and underlined its determination to roll out innovative products to expand its market share.
Currently Vodafone, with a 23 per cent market share, employs 1,500 permanent workers and another 300 people engaged on contract basis.
Touching on some of the challenges facing the telecommunication industry in Ghana, the Corporate Communications Manager mentioned overcrowding within the telecom space as one big problem, where six operators are competing for space and attention in a nation of about 27 million people.
That, he said, had created problems of overregulation and over-taxation, which was crippling the activities of the companies.
He therefore called on the regulator, the National Communication Authority (NCA) to create the right conditions for them to thrive.
Contributing to the discussion, the Foundation and Sustainability Manager at Vodafone Ghana, Nana Yaa Afriyie Ofori-Koree reiterate Vodafone Foundation commitment to live up to its social responsibility. She disclosed that the foundation had so far paid the medical bills of 70 patients, who had to undergo surgery for treatment of their health conditions and offered scholarship to a total 100 girls pursuing courses in technology.