Although it had earlier announced April 2019 as period to roll out commercial services for its 4G network, we are informed Vodafone Ghana will now deploy its 4G system on March 19, 2019.
Vodafone Ghana is the second telco operator in the county to have the 4G spectrum after MTN. It acquired the LTE spectrum for US$30 million in September 2018 on the second attempt.
Since the license acquisition from National Communication Authority, Vodafone Ghana has worked to seamlessly integrate the system and enable clients to enjoy faster voice calls as well as data speed.
According to Outgoing Chief Executive of Vodafone, Yolanda Cuba, Vodafone has invested in about 200 cell sites to deliver the service.
“Prior to the acquisition of the 4G network, we indicated to you that customers will be able to get the service by the second quarter of the year, I’m happy to announce that there has been a massive support from the technical team and all members at Vodafone hence we will launch commercial operations of the 4G services next week 19th of March this year 2019. This will mean an improved network quality for customers and all our services”.
She also disclosed that the company is investing about US$100 million to upgrade existing sites and new ones it intends to establish.
Vodafone Ghana won one lot out of three to begin 4G operations (2x5MHz frequency spectrum block in the 800 MHz Band) for mobile services.
The sale of the Spectrum is in line with Section 58 of Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775 on Spectrum Management which allows the NCA’s to assign the Frequency.
4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone communications standards which allows for high data transfer rates providing a faster and reliable internet access both on mobile phones and computers.
By Michael Eli Dokosi/goldstreetbusiness.com