MTN Ghana, the country’s leading cellco in terms of subscribers, has commenced the deployment of a Radio Access network (RAN) upgrade project across the country. According to Modern Ghana MTN Ghana’s corporate service executive Cynthia Lumor announced the development at press conferences held in the Northern and Upper East regions of Tamale. The executive stated that higher customer expectations for better quality network services and the emergence of new technologies have created a need for the implementation of initiatives to modernise the company’s wireless networks, which will see legacy base transceiver stations (BTS) replaced by state-of-the-art equipment. Further, Mrs Lumor revealed that the RAN equipment will be provided by vendors Ericsson of Sweden and China-based Huawei, and will improve both network availability and capacity.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2013 the company pledged to invest GHS105 million (USD52.34 million) to improve the quality of its network by upgrading and replacing obsolete equipment, after Ghana’s telecom watchdog the National Communication Authority (NCA) imposed a GHS900,000 fine on five mobile network operators for providing poor network quality to their subscribers in the Northern, Volta, Ashanti, Upper West and Upper East Regions. MTN and Glo received the largest fines of GHS300,000 each, while Expresso, Airtel and Tigo got GHS100,000 penalties each. In August 2013 the NCA imposed a new round of fines for breach of QoS standards, with MTN Ghana receiving a GHS100,000 fine for defaulting on its CST and CCR commitments in the Central and Western regions.