MTN launches 4G Internet service in Ghana

MTN launches 4G internet service in Ghana junaidrao flickrMTN has plans to spend about US$94mn this year to boost operations in Ghana. (Image Source: junaidrao/Flickr)MTN has officially launched its 4G Internet service in Ghana with the aim of providing its customers with a fast Internet experience

MTN was awarded the 4G frequency spectrum of 800 MHz Band for its mobile phone services in December 2015.

While 4G Internet services are available in some parts of Ghana through Surfline Communications, Blu and Busy Internet, MTN's new service is available countrywide and now for the first time on mobile phones in Ghana.

MTN Ghana chief technical officer Mohammed Rufai described 4G LTE as ‘transformational’. “4G LTE is five to 10 times faster than 3G. This means faster Internet download and upload speeds. Overall, the data experience of MTN subscribers is improved significantly.”

MTN has confirmed it has set aside an additional US$18mn to roll out the 4G LTE service across Ghana. Rufai said the company had no plans to change its current data rates. Instead, subscribers will be offered longer speed and 100 per cent bonus on any bundle they purchase.

Speaking at the launch, MTN Ghana CEO said that MTN customers will experience better connectivity and reliable data service which will boost interactivity and business growth with the new 4G service.

General manager Noel Kojo Ganson said, “We are available in all regional capitals as we speak today. The coverage extension and extension is continuing, we are not going to stop till we cover the whole entire country and ensure that every person in Ghana who has a 4G device and has a 4G SIM is fully activated to enjoy better Internet experiences.”

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