Pan-African cellular group MTN says it has pledged USD387 million over the last year to improve network quality and services at its Ghanaian mobile unit. The group aims to improve voice call quality and coverage, as well as extending the network’s reach to new communities across the country. According to MTN executive Miss Mawuena Dumor, the group invested USD150 million on the unit following its acquisition of the operation known as Scancom (Spacefon Areeba) in 2006. During 2007 Miss Dumor says a further USD200 million was ploughed into the firm to improve network quality, while it has recently signed a USD35 million contract for additional network equipment and capacity.
MTN has rolled out approximately 343 Base transceiver stations (BTS) since taking over Scancom, lifting the operator’s total to 1,000 BTS by April 2007. Going forward, it intends to install 100 BTS per month to optimise network efficiency, with the primary focus on increasing network capacity to cater for a subscriber base that has grown from 2.7 million in 2006 to three million currently.