MTN Ghana has launched its new wireless broadband internet device called the “TurboNet” to offer customers more affordable, wide and faster internet services.
The TurboNet designed to be used at different settings especially at homes and offices could be accessed by up to 32 users at a time.
Mr Selorm Adadevoh, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana at the launch, said people wanted to access high speed data in their homes, offices, shops even if they did not have access to fixed broadband connectivity, therefore, ensuring that they met the customers at the point of need was paramount to them.
He said a World Bank report had indicated that an increase in broadband penetration increases GDP per capita growth. “In view of this, we are excited to introduce onto the market the MTN TurboNet, which is a high speed, 4G internet routers providing a Fixed Wireless Broadband Service,” he said.
Mr Adadevoh noted that MTN had earmarked an amount of 160 million dollars for network improvements which was still ongoing.
Mr George Andah, the Deputy Minister of Communications, said in the 21st century, broadband had become a critical infrastructure prerequisite as ICT had a considerable impact in the creation of the information society.
Broadband adoption, he explained, was serving as a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life.
He noted that usage of such internet services would propel Ghana’s participation in the forth industrial revolution considering the significant impact and opportunities that would be unleashed as government worked towards building a digital economy to establish Ghana as a leader in ICT innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2023.
Mr Andah disclosed that government would be making available spectrum within the 800 megahertz band realised from the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television to promote the deployment of 4G services to enhance the quality of experience in the provision of data services by the telecom sector.
“We are of the firm belief that the mobile network operators will take advantage of this opportunity to provide high capacity and faster data services in Ghana for all,” he said.
The Deputy Minister said the introduction of the service by MTN would support government’s effort in bridging the digital wide gap for citizens to access digital initiatives of government.
The digital initiatives are the e-payment, generation of digital address, e-procurement, e-justice, e-immigration, e-parliament, and e-passport systems, Mr Andah noted.
He advised the citizenry to protect the investments made by government and the private sector to provide better services for all. “If we continue to damage and vandalise fibre optic cables, which are belayed, we will be facing severe service interruptions and the experience we are championing might be useless. These damaged cables are repaired at high cost by operators not to talk of the inconvenience consumers and enterprises face in the destructions,” he said.
“I will like to remind MTN of the concern of service quality, availability, reliability, speed and affordability of service when it comes to the delivery of broadband services,” Mr Andah said.