Coronavirus: MTN Ghana CEO Emphasizes On Slow Internet Speed After Decreasing Data Charges

The Director of MTN Ghana, Mr Selorm Adadevoh has revealed that decreasing the cost of data to facilitate communication amidst the coronavirus pandemic, could increase traffic that will affect internet speed.

Based on his keynote address, reducing the cost of data will escalate traffic and affect internet speed as the current system cannot handle the load.

This occurred after the government of Ghana advised citizens to stay safe and avoid the spread of the COVID-19.

With regard to the government of Ghana’s directive, many organisations have asked their staff to work from home, and with schools closed for four weeks, data usage is likely to go up as students stay home.

As a result, there have been calls for a reduction in the cost of data, just as some measures have been taken to encourage more fintech transactions.

In response this, Mr Adadevoh while speaking in an interview with Accra based Citi FM stressed, “Once you lower prices, invariably the 150% growth in capacity will become 300% growth in capacity. If we can’t even accommodate a 150% increase in traffic; then creating a situation where we have to accommodate a 300% increase in traffic will be a challenge.’’

He emphasized that any effort to reduce prices of data will be counterproductive, resulting in low productivity.

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Additionally, he said, “All the government workers have gone home and require a network that can allow them to be productive, but will be denied that ability because the network will become very slow, grinding to a halt,”

Moreover, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) stated that although some observers may think a price reduction will be good for clients in times like this, the overall economic effects will rather be negative.

He continued, “We have to be very careful. The economic impact is significantly larger than a reduction in the price of data.”

While providing some information on the current increase in internet usage due to COVID-19, he revealed that there has been a rise in the use of social media and movie streaming sites.


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