Ghanaian operator Surfline Communications is aiming to launch the country’s first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network imminently, after ‘thousands of prospective customers’ have applied to take part in a network trial. According to a press release, the recently introduced ‘Press Play’ testing programme will allow participants in selected areas of Greater Accra to receive free connectivity in exchange for their feedback on the service.
Surfline CEO Yaw Akoto commented: ‘Ghanaians are aware that super-fast internet speeds powered by LTE are already being enjoyed in other parts of the world…We are proud to pioneer LTE in Ghana, and work with our prospective consumers to define a network experience that is truly special.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Surfline Communications Limited is a Ghanaian-owned private company, established in 2011, which in July 2013 contracted French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a commercial LTE network. Alca-Lu is providing hardware and software, along with installation, optimisation, maintenance and managed services to support Surfline’s deployment of 4G services.