According to the Ghanaian Chronicle, MTN Ghana will spend USD105 million in 2013 on upgrading and expanding its network. Part of the expenditure has been earmarked for a national fibre-optic cable, as well as the laying of a metro fibre cable in Kumasi, the country’s second largest city with almost two million inhabitants, in order to improve data services. A further slice of the spending will be used to deploy 3G base stations with a view to bringing the total number of 3G sites to 994, as well as on the rollout of 200 new 2G sites. The newspaper went on to cite Cynthia Lumor, a corporate services executive of MTN Ghana, as saying that her company and rival operators were losing money as a result of fibre cables being cut by road constructors and illegal miners. ‘We write letters to inform the Ghana Highways Agency (GHA) before embarking on the laying of fibre cables. We have engaged the GHA and other stakeholders in a series of workshops, but the situation continues.’ Finally, the executive revealed that MTN was working to install solar panels in selected areas in the wake of an ongoing power crisis in the country.
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