Blu Telecommunications, a wholly Ghanaian-owned and managed telecommunications company would soon launch Ghana’s second 4G LTE network on the back of infrastructure built by Huawei Technologies, the world’s leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer.
The partnership with Huawei Technologies offers Blu Telecommunications the ability to provide uninterrupted high-speed and reliable data, voice, WiFi and video on demand services to residential and business subscribers.
By the first quarter of 2014, Huawei had launched 126 commercial LTE networks and had signed more than 290 commercial LTE contracts globally.
Huawei LTE has a global business footprint on six continents and provides coverage to more than 100 capitals and nine top global financial centers.
On 3rd October 2013, Huawei launched the first ever 4G LTE TDD network in Ghana during the ITU Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM-AFR) for the WTDC-14 held in Accra.
Huawei’s strong LTE innovation places it at the forefront of the industry and the most trusted partner for BLU Telecom.
“Huawei will build low TCO & customer experience oriented LTE TDD with Blu for Ghanaians to enjoy an affordable 1Mbps above speed anytime, anywhere,” a statement from the company said.
The partnership also involves the provision of Huawei 4G modems, mobile Wi-Fi and CPE (LTE routers) providing high performance and improved mobile broadband user experience.
Meanwhile, Blu Telecom is ready to launch its services this month, after running a test of its network in selected communities in Accra through a scheme it called “Founders Campaign”, where they gave their first one hundred customers free devices and unlimited data to test and experience the network.
The company has said it would maintain the founders and continue to depend on them for testing and feedback on every new product it introduces after the launch of commercial service later this month.
Blu has said it would embark on a consumer advocacy campaign aimed at making affordability and optimum consumer satisfaction a norm in the data market.
Indeed, its planned affordability drive is not out of place, as the most recent GSMA Intelligence report clearly indicated that affordable smart devices and data packages are the key drivers of data consumption across the world, particularly in sub-Sahara Africa.
Ahead of the commercial launch, Blu would organize a Founders Experience to allow the 100 selected founders to share their experiences on the network with the public.