MTN Ghana has held a workshop for selected media personnel in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. The workshop was to bring the journalists abreast with technological development ongoing with the telecommunication giant.
Speaking at the workshop, Editors Forum, MTN Ghana stated that it expends a whopping sum of GH¢2 million to repair a detected fibre cut, indicating that 56% and 35% of fiber cuts were caused by government agencies and private developers respectively.
Considering a total of 8,300 kilometres of fibre spread across the country, MTN says the cuts contributed to a significant component of network failures.
To that end, it is courting the support of the media and stakeholders to help address the problem. Speaking at a roundtable forum in Takoradi, the Regulatory Manager of MTN, Samuel Bartels, pointed out that a total of 82 fiber cuts were recorded in the month of April in the Western Region, with the Tarkwa Nsuaem and Amenfi West coming out tops, as the most recorded fiber cuts districts.
Tarkwa Nsuaem and Amenfi West, the two most populous Districts noted for illegal mining activities otherwise known as ‘Galamsey’, came tops with 33 and 17 fiber cuts recorded respectively.
Speaking on the network, the Network Manager for the Western Region, Teddy Anaman, pointed out that this year, a total of 607 kilometres of fibre would be rolled out.
Additional 7.72 kilometres of fibre, at a total cost of GH¢10,223, would as well be added. “This is the capital investment we are putting into the network.”
Mr. Samuel Koranteng, Head of Legal Services, also told the forum that MTN was positioning itself as the leader in the area of technology, a reason so much investment was being made into network services.
For instance, he mentioned that a sum of GH¢825 million would be invested into the network and Information Technology systems this year.
Touching on mobile money (Momo), he said a total of GH¢139 million had been paid to subscribers as profit on their money since the introduction of the mobile money services. A total of 670,000 subscribers in the region, he said, were registered with the Momo service.