Mobile operator Vodafone Ghana has formally announced the launch of commercial 4G LTE services in the country, with the official switch-on taking place in the capital Accra yesterday (19 March) at an event hosted by the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful. Operating in the 800MHz band by dint of the allocation of a 2×5MHz block of frequencies from the National Communications Authority (NCA) in December 2018, the cellco unveiled its much anticipated LTE offering, which will be marketed under the branding ‘GigabitNet’.
‘Vodafone’s 4G launch is a timely moment for the industry. Customers and stakeholders will experience great speed, reliability and stability. Government, as a 30% shareholder, is truly excited about this,’ the minister said. ‘Moving forward, we will always ensure that the telecoms sector is properly regulated with the relevant policies and initiatives that only seek to enhance the sector and engender healthy competition,’ she added.
Vodafone Ghana is the second Ghanaian operator to introduce 4G network services, after MTN Ghana. The former’s fledgling network currently employs more than 200 sites in the country.
In an unrelated development, rival MTN Ghana has announced that it has activated its ‘4G+’ service using LTE-A technology, to provide faster data speeds for its customers. The evolved LTE network utilises carrier aggregation (CA) to combine 800MHz and 2600Mhz spectrum, with Chief Technical Officer Thomas Motlepa noting that the cellco has now deployed a total of 1,226 4G LTE sites across Ghana, of which 625 sites are 4G+ enabled.