COVID-19: Gov’t gives MTN, Vodafone free spectrum for 3 months to meet data needs

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The Government of Ghana has given additional storage to Vodafone and MTN Ghana in the midst of the pressure on bandwidth following the spike in information use in the wake of the novel Coronavirus.

This follows the unexpected increment in information use because of the partial lockdown in parts of the nation, which has constrained many individuals to remain at home.

In an offer to lessen boredom, a great many people at home invest energy connecting with companions and friends and family online beside those telecommuting.

As indicated by the Ministry of Communication, the additional range is being given to the two media transmission organizations at no expense and will keep going for a quarter of a year.

“The President has directed that the National Communications Authority (NCA) should give more bandwidth to telcos during this period for free and that has been done. That has been given to the two telcos that are bearing the brunt of it; Vodafone and MTN ” the Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful stated.

She further noted that AirtelTigo which is also a major player in the communications space, “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.”

Madam Owusu-Ekuful is hopeful that this development “will help reduce the pressure on their networks.”

She also urged Ghanaians to conserve the data they use by limiting the download of “movies and music.”

After the nation recorded cases of the novel Coronavirus in the nation in March, which required a prohibition on open social occasions and conclusion of schools, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, expressed that information utilization in Ghana had gone up by around 20 percent.

The expanded information utilize likewise prompted an expansion in requires a decrease in information costs. Yet, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN says lessening the expense of information to help correspondence in the midst of the pandemic, could expand traffic that will influence web speed.

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