MTN Ghana, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, will invest USD96 million in network upgrades this year, according to All Ghana News. The cellco’s Corporate Services Executive, Cynthia Lumor, was cited as saying that USD62 million will be spent on improving the operator’s traditional network and USD16 million on enhancing its IT network, while USD18 million will be invested in the rollout of 4G LTE services.
Separately, BizTech Africa reports that LTE testing has begun on more than 60 cell sites in four regions of Ghana, paving the way for the launch of MTN’s national 4G network in the third quarter of 2016.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate in December 2015, MTN Ghana was the winner of one lot of 2×10MHz spectrum in the 4G LTE-suitable 800MHz mobile band, having submitted an application for the frequencies alongside rival companies Surfline Communications, Goldkey Telecom and Migson Communications. The Ghanaian National Communications Authority (NCA) had set a minimum reserve price of USD67.5 million for the spectrum on offer, with the licence to be valid for 15 years, and noted that applying entities must be registered under the laws of Ghana and duly certified to operate in Ghana, while entities with foreign ownership – companies, joint ventures or consortia – must have a minimum of 35% Ghanaian ownership.