Government Of Ghana Gives Spectrum To MTN and Vodafone For Three Months
The Minister of Communication, Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has revealed that the government through the National Communication Authority (NCA) has given spectrum to telcos in the country so they can provide better internet services during the COVID-19 period.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said at a press briefing that the spectrum was given to the two telcos for free. She emphasized that the government has given it to them for only three months.
She added, “As you are all aware, data usage has also increased dramatically during this period of lockdown and there is congestion on all the networks. So the quality of telecom services to the general public has been affected by this.So, the president has directed that the NCA should give more bandwidth spectrum to the telcos during this period for free and that has been done. Fortunately, we have only a limited amount of spectrum available and that has been given to the two telcos that are bearing the brunt of it; Vodafone and MTN.”
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful elaborated that, “AirtelTigo has a sufficient spectrum so Vodafone and MTN have been given the additional spectrum for three months because we do need to reserve some for emergencies like this and so we can’t give them permanently. So they have been it to use for the next three months for free. Hopefully, that will help reduce the pressure on the networks.”
The President declared a partial lockdown in Greater Accra, Kumasi and Kasoa after Ghana recorded its first COVID-19 case in March.
This meant that most employees would work from home and students will also engage in virtual learning. All these require the use of stable internet.
However, due to the pressure on telcos, the internet has not been stable enough. The government in helping solve this problem has put measures such as this in place.
The Minister also urged Ghanaians to change their virtual behaviour as a way of helping to have better internet access.
She advised, “If you don’t have to make a video call, don’t make a video call or call on WhatsApp or any of these platforms…let us limit the downloads of movies, music and stuff like that. Maybe it’s time for you to read that book that you’ve put aside for a long time.Be prudent in using data so the congestion can be reduced.”