Despite the efforts by the country’s lead communication network MTN, towards expanding its coverage to most parts of the country, one major challenge affecting this move was continuous fibre cuts.
In most instances, during road construction and under ground mining fibres that enhance connectivity were usually cut, hence the subscribers sometimes witnessed interruption when receiving or making calls.
The Acting Corporate Service Executive of MTN, Mr. Sam Koranteng, who revealed these in Kumasi at the company’s annual encounter with journalists dubbed “editors’ forum” explained that just in 2018, already 81 cases of fibre cuts, had been recorded with the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions alone accounted for 57 cuts.
“One of the major issues threatening our commitment to render effective and uninterrupted service to our subscribers in particular those in the rural arras is the continuous fibre cuts,” he said.
The forum was to create a platform for the company to share with the media its performance in the reviewing years and the projections for 2018 and beyond.
Mr. Koranteng, disclosed that in 2017 as part of MTN’s corporate responsibility, a total of Gh¢ 1.2 billion was paid to the state as revenue.
He said, out this figure, GH¢ 159.4 million, was paid to the communication regulatory body, National Communications Authority (NCA).
According to him, during the 2017 operation year, the focused corporate social areas of the company were education, health and economic empowerment.
On education, Mr.Koranteng indicated that 80 projects including ICT libraries, classroom blocks and scholarship were given prominent attention. Under health he said, in order to ensure citizens enjoy quality healthcare service, 32 projects including hospitals, building and renovation of wards and supply of medical equipment were executed while 10 economic empowerment activities were carried out. He said MTN extended its network coverage to most areas hitherto were not unreached , broadened partnership ,scaled up the mobile money survive and expanded the data broad band connectivity to enhance revolution in the digital service.
The northern sector manger of the MTN Mobile Money (MOMO) Mr. Stephen Asare said 90,000active agent points were operating the mobile money service.
According to him, GH¢98.9 million was paid as interest to subscribers of the mobile money from January 20160-December 2017.
Nii Adotey Mingle, a senior manager, sales operations and trade marketing, made it known that $144 would be invested in net work expansion projects in 2018.
He said 1100 new sites would be improved upon to increase the popular coverage by 27% while 200 new sites in the rural areas were identified for coverage.