Vodafone And MTN Respectively Launch 4G In Ghana

Vodafone Ghana rolled out its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service last week. The launch happened earlier than its originally scheduled April date.

Vodafone Ghana’s launch coincidentally took place on the same day that MTN Ghana unveiled its 4G+ advanced service in addition to its already-deployed 4G LTE technology.

Yolanda Cuba, Vodafone Ghana's outgoing CEO said that as Vodafone launches 4G, it also provides 4.5G on some of its other sites. She added that this 4G investment was one of Vodafone Ghana’s most significant investments to date because it would help the people of Ghana better their lives through the use of data and connectivity.

The mobile operator’s incoming CEO Patricia Obo-Nai is set to begin her tenure as of 1 April 2019.

MTN and Vodafone are the Ghanaian telecoms market's dominant forces and together control approximately 70% of the country's subscriber base.

Industry analysts believe that their respective 4G launches represent a significant move in propelling the market towards 5G.
Globally, 5G networks are not expected to kick off deployment until after 2020. The GSM Association (GSMA) predicts that 5G connections will reach 1.1 billion (approximately 12% of total mobile connections) by 2025.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has continued to advise policy-makers to improve the availability and quality of 4G networks as the industry awaits the launch of 5G.

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