MTN Ghana, the leading telecommunications operator, says it is investing a total of US$144.5 million to expand its operations in the country, in a bid to improve the quality of its services.
Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of the company, said the amount is to among other things, increase network availability and modernization, service innovation and operational efficiency.
She said the expansion will enable the company to offer quality services to subscribers while increasing MTN Ghana’s contribution to the national economy. The company currently employs about half a million people in direct and indirect jobs.
Within the last 10 years, the company also has funded 142 major development projects as part of its corporate social responsibility to society, mainly in education, infrastructure, water and sanitation, Health and capacity building.
Dickson Amoung-Yam, Technical Manager at MTN, complained about the growing battery theft at the company’s cell sites.
he lamented that the situation has become a huge bother, causing revenue losses of about US$5.4 million over the last three years alone.
He said batteries are usually installed to serve as a back-up for smooth operation at cell sites.
Mr. Amoung-Yam further noted that for last year alone, the company recorded 698 fiber cuts, resulting in the disruption of services to customers.
According to MTN, 494 battery thefts have so far been recorded this year.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that the company, was stepping up work to add 54 new cell sites for its 3G network, while 33 new sites would also be installed for its 4G network.
In addition, it will also be deploying seven new smart solution cell sites to ensure efficiency in its services.