MTN Ghana and Ericsson of Sweden has reportedly carried out a successful trial of UMTS mobile services in the 900MHz band – claiming a first for the African continent. The pair say they now intend to extend coverage of the cellco’s mobile broadband network up to 200km in suburban, rural and offshore areas to complement its existing UMTS 2100MHz network which is used principally in urban areas for improved service coverage. Under the deal, Ericsson will assume responsibility for network access, transport and transmission of 3G UMTS in the 900MHz band, with rollout beginning in Q2 2010. MTN Ghana has a subscriber base of more than eight million users according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, and its network covers over 80% of the local population, including ten regional capitals as well as many rural and remote sites.
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