The west African nation of Ghana could be in the vanguard for Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments on the continent, according to a senior official at French/US equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent, which wants to help drive 4G expansion in the region. Ghana Business News quotes Alca-Lu’s vice president for North, West and Central Africa, Frederic Sallet, as saying that the vendor is working with unnamed mobile operators in the country to implement an LTE launch. ‘We are in a lot of discussions on that subject for the Ghanaian market. And given the lead that we have on this market and the strong success that we have in the US and that we are starting to have with some operators in Europe, Middle East and Africa, I think Ghana could be a good place to start LTE, Sallet said. The Paris-based equipment manufacturer has working relationships with Vodafone Ghana and Globacom and recently helped launch a mobile advertising platform for Tigo.
However, according to Alcatel-Lucent’s senior official for Ghana and Nigeria, Cenk Kivilcim, the rollout of LTE mobile technology is dependent on when the government awards licences, and which cellcos receive them. ‘The Minister for Communications has the desire to improve the telecoms infrastructure in Ghana drastically, and that’s the reason they want to lead on LTE deployment,’ Kivilcim told eWEEK Europe recently. ‘But at the same time they would like to see Ghanaian companies contribute to the telecom landscape, and therefore they are requesting that a Ghanaian-owned company gets LTE,’ he added.