Ghana’s government has allocated a free spectrum to both MTN and Vodafone Ghana for the next three months. This has become necessary as the networks have experienced increased pressure on bandwidth due to the spike in data usage in recent times — as people rely on the internet for information and other services during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Gov’t grants MTN and Vodafone Ghana free spectrum
In a press briefing last Tuesday, 14th April, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communication stated: “The President has directed that the NCA should give more bandwidth to telcos during this period for free and that has been done.”
With more people staying indoors due to the lockdown measures implemented to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the telcos have recorded an upsurge in data usage as more people spend time getting in touch with friends and loved ones online.
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In the past couple of weeks, subscribers to these two networks’ data services have complained about slow internet speeds. And it’s for this reason that the free spectrum has been given out to help ease pressure on the existing structure.
In case you are wondering what a spectrum is, it relates to the radio frequencies allocated to the mobile industry and other sectors for communication over the airwaves. Additional frequencies, including both coverage and capacity bands, means mobile operators can connect more people and offer faster speeds.
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It should be noted, however, that the free spectrum from Government does not mean that the network service provider would be reducing data prices. This brilliant initiative by the government is to help improve on the quality of service by these companies — which has slowed down as a result of the upsurge in data usage throughout this lockdown period.