MTN Ghana has reiterated its commitment to investing USD1 billion by 2025 in order to address network challenges across the country, especially in rural communities. Speaking at the operator’s Media and Stakeholder Forum 2022, Eli Hini, CEO of MTN Mobile Money, highlighted the investment formed part of the telco’s efforts to transform its network and support Ghana’s digital drive by ensuring new rural telephony sites and coverage extensions are deployed. Noting MTN Ghana’s 4G network now covers all 260 districts of the country, Mr Hini said the company plans to deploy 400 new sites in rural areas and upgrade 746 sites to 4G.
Despite the significant investment, the executive highlighted that frequent damage to fibre-optic cabling across the country continues to hinder stable and effective network provision in some areas. Between January to May of this year, fibre cuts increased to 939 from 819 in the same period of 2021, primarily due to road building and private development activities.