The Government has given extra spectrum to Vodafone and MTN Ghana to deal with the increased pressure on bandwidth following increased data usage at the moment, according to the Ministry of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekulful.
There have been an increased in data usage following the Coronavirus outbreak leaing to the restriction placed on some parts of the country.
“The President has directed that the National Communications Authority (NCA) should give more bandwidth to telcos during this period for free and that has been done. That has been given to the two telcos that are bearing the brunt of it; Vodafone and MTN ” the Minister said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
She further noted that AirtelTigo which is also a major player in the communications space, “has a sufficient spectrum so Vodafone and MTN have been given the additional spectrum for three months because we do need to reserve some for emergencies like this and so we can’t give them permanently.”
Madam Owusu-Ekuful is hopeful that this development “will help reduce the pressure on their networks.”
The extra spectrum is being given to the two telecommunication companies at no cost and will last for three months.