Vodafone Ghana has announced March 19, 2019 to roll out the commercial services for its 4G network.
According to the company, the earlier date of April has been moved forward due to the commitment of the company to deliver excellent service for Ghanaians.
Outgoing Chief Executive of Vodafone, Yolanda Cuba in a press conference disclosed that Vodafone has invested in about 200 cell sites to deliver the service.
"Prior to the acquisition of the 4G network, we indicated to you that customers will be able to get the service by the second quarter of the year, I’m happy to announce that there has been a massive support from the technical team and all members at Vodafone hence we will launch commercial operations of the 4G services next week 19th of March this year 2019. This will mean an improved network quality for customers and all our services".
Vodafone Ghana acquired a 4G spectrum this year to roll out an improved service across the country.
This makes the company the second to acquire the service since it was introduced by the National Communication Authority.
The company has rescinded its earlier decision to roll out the service in April due to an advanced investment and commitment to get its customers on a 4G before the second quarter of the year.
On the issue of listing Vodafone on the Ghana Stock Exchange, Yolanda Cuba noted that the attention of the board has been drawn on the matter but they are yet to make a decision.
"It has been a decision for the Vodafone board and not management, I am a management member but I must say it has come to our attention. There is an ongoing discussion between the government of Ghana and the Vodafone board but it's not their focus for now.
Our challenge was the balance sheet which we got it cleared with support from the government of Ghana," Yolanda Cuba said.
She also disclosed that the company is investing about $100 million to upgrade existing sites and new ones it intends to establish.
Vodafone Ghana won one lot out of three to begin 4G operations (2x5MHz frequency spectrum block in the 800 MHz Band) for mobile services.
This followed successful financial negotiations with the National Communications Authority (NCA).
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