Western Region: MTN Ghana to invest more to reduce fibre cuts

In the last two years, MTN Ghana has built ICT facilities and supported digital skills through the Girls-in-ICT programme

The chief executive officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, says the company will invest more to reduce fibre cuts in the Western Region.

He said although the telecom giant offers quality services to its customers in the region, the excessive activities of illegal miners affect its underground cables.

Adadevoh said, “Due to the irresponsible digging operations of these illegal miners, we get a lot of disruptions in the Western Region. But we are doing our best to solve this problem.”

The CEO gave the assurance at MTN’s 2023 media and stakeholder forum for the Western and Central regions in Takoradi dubbed “Leveraging technology to serve customers with excellence.”

Adadevoh announced that, “This year we are investing additional 35 kilometers in the region, so we will continue to build. But we need the cutting to stop and hopefully we can do that by changing some of our underground cables to aerial where it’s possible and reasonable to reduce costs.”

He highlighted the company’s success over the period. He said in the last two years, MTN Ghana has built a robotics laboratory, information and communications technology (ICT) libraries and digital skills where it has supported programmes like the Girls-in-ICT with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization.

Adadevoh added that through its stand-up project, ‘Save a Life’ campaign, MTN Ghana has supported hospitals across the country with 6,440 units of blood this year through blood donation campaigns.

“On education we have several scholarship programmes to support brilliant but needy students. We also launched the MTN Enterprise Support Programme and then, finally, some interventions and investments around the World Malaria Day. All these and many more were supported by the MTN Foundation,” the CEO said.

He stated that the company contributed four billion cedis to government revenue in 2022. Also, MTN mobile money now has 280,000 agents and 150 active merchants nationwide.

Prince Owusu Nyarko, senior manager for South West Region, MTN Ghana, explained that the theme for this year is a direct reflection of the company’s belief that everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life.

He said, inspired by the immense potential it sees in Ghana and Africa, MTN is committed to bridging the digital divide, furthering financial inclusion and advancing the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through its core business activities and support to the government, communities and customer.

Despite the prevailing economic conditions and the steep impact of government’s interventions to ensure steady economic growth recovery, the telecom giant is confident that the future holds good promise for Africa, Nyarko said.

He emphasised that technology is leading the world over and has proven to be a sure means to leapfrog, as a people, into a development they wish for themselves.

“As we share highlights of our business today, l believe your questions and feedback will further enhance and shape our desired hope to leverage technology to serve you with excellence,” Nyarko said.

The forum was also used to highlight MTN’s business performance, strategies put in place to realise its Ambition 2025 and how they could all leverage the MT platform for their collective growth.




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