The Government of Ghana has given Vodafone and MTN free spectrum for three months due to the increased pressure on bandwidth as a result of the rise in data usage in recent times. Following the lockdown of parts of the country, many people now spend more time online to reduce boredom thereby leading to the surge in data and internet traffic on some telecommunication networks. Due to this the government has resolved to provide extra spectrum to the two telecommunication companies at no cost for three months.
Statement By The Minister of Communication
The Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, disclosed this at Tuesday’s press briefing organized by the Ministry of Information. She noted that AirtelTigo has enough spectrum already so Vodafone and MTN were selected to benefit from this offer. These were made known with the statement:
“The President has directed that the NCA should give more bandwidth to telcos during this period for free and that has been done,” the Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“That has been given to the two telecommunication networks that are bearing the brunt of it; Vodafone and MTN,” she added.
“This will help reduce the pressure on their networks.”
Madam Ursula Owusu called on Ghanaians to change their online behavior by limiting their internet activities in order to ease the pressure on the telecommunication networks. This was made known with the following statement:
“We can also help further by changing our online behavior a little bit, if we don’t have to make a video call don’t make a video call or calls on whatsapp or any of these platforms make your normal phone call it will go through we will conserved the data that you will use, let’s limits the downloads of movies and music and stuffs let’s see how we can utilize the available spectrums that we have,” she pleaded.