Millicom Ghana (Tigo), the country’s third largest cellco in terms of subscribers, has announced that work has started on its USD3.2 million overhead fibre-optic cable project. The telco is aiming to improve its network infrastructure in the Western and Ashanti regions in order to make its network less vulnerable to interruptions caused by accidental or illegal cuts to its underground fibre cables. The three-stage project, which is scheduled to be completed by February 2015, will cover a 360km stretch from Dunkwa to Kumasi, and will involve the deployment of some 4,600 overhead poles.
Obafemi Banigbe, chief operations officer at Tigo Ghana, said: ‘Apart from spending millions annually to replace these cables, the impact on customer and user experience is damaging to say the least …Putting the cables on overhead concrete poles would stop people from digging them out in the ground and this will boost network quality, improve customer and user experience and also increase Tigo’s coverage footprints in both the Ashanti and Western regions. Both consumers and businesses will get value for money and see a massive improvement in service delivery.’