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Fiber cut remains the bane for telecos-MTN Ghana laments


The Telecom giant, MTN Ghana has expressed worry about the continue fiber describing it as a bane for the telecommunication industry in Ghana.

The fiber disruptions according to MTN brought huge cost and inconvenience to their customers due to poor quality service experienced during cuts anytime they encountered it.

Between 2019 and 2020, MTN Ghana recorded 150 kilometers fiber optic disruption which it said affected both voice calls and data.

The incessant fiber cuts  according to the network operator has led to Ghana declaring it as national asset which meant that anybody found deliberately engaging in the act   commits crime against the state.

 In spite of the challenges, MTN Ghana since 2019 connected over 27,000 buildings to fibre broadband service. Cooperate Service Executive of MTN Ghana, Mr Samuel Koranteng disclosed this at a virtual Northern Sector Editors Forum via Microsoft teams.

 As at December 2019, MTN total cell sites stood at 1,610 nationwide. The telecom giant as part of its fiber expansion drive Mr Koranteng added is adding 84 new cell sites to be run concurrently with the 3 technologies such as 2, 3, and 4Gs.

The new sites he explained were supposed to be in place by June last year but covid-19 pandemic interrupted its implementation.

Mr Koranteng made passionate appeal to road sector agencies, contractors and Ghana Water Company limited to always take into consideration the existence of their fiber cables.

He also urged Ghanaians to be vigilante and report criminals engaging in disrupting the service that they provide to them.

Head of Technical in charge of northern sector, Charles Osei-Akoto assured of improvement adding that, 19 sites are already in place and the rest will be completed by November 2020.

 Bono, Bono East and Ahafo will have 14 and 16 for the five regions of the North.

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