Sunyani, June 13, GNA – The Multi Telecommunication Network (MTN) is investing $105 million this year to improve on the quality of its network, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN said in Sunyani on Wednesday.
She said the company had invested $1.2 billion in the network services since it started full operations in the country in 2007.
Mrs Lumor announced this at the Brong-Ahafo Regional Editors Forum to brief the media on the strategic overview of MTN operations in the country.
She explained that the company is upgrading and replacing its obsolete equipment to provide quality services network to customers.
Mrs Lumor said MTN is aware of poor network being experienced in some parts of the country and appealed to customers to bear with the company as it worked to rectify the situation.
She said some road construction companies and estate developers are causing great damage to most of the company’s fibre laid underground indicating that the company recorded 77 fibre cuts from January to May.
Mrs Lumor said in 2012, the company paid GH¢448.6 million in revenue as corporate taxes to the Government and directly employing 1,600 people.
She said the MTN Ghana Foundation set up to execute the company’s social responsibility programme had spent GH¢11 million in the health and education sectors.
Mrs Lumor said the Foundation had invested GH¢1.0 million in various development projects in Brong-Ahafo Region.
In a related development, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister has appealed to MTN to improve on its network services in the Region.
He noted that the company’s network service is poor in some parts of the Region and expressed the need for the situation to be rectified.
Mr Aidoo made the appeal when a seven-member delegation of MTN paid a courtesy call on him.
He explained that MTN as the leading telecommunication company with the largest customers and network coverage in the country needs to address all operational lapses especially bad signals.
Mr Aidoo said with the current competition in the telecommunication industry, most MTN customers would switch to other networks if the problem of poor network services is not addressed.
He commended MTN for its immense contribution to the development of the telecommunication industry.
Mrs Lumor who led the delegation said fibre cuts had been a major challenge to the operations of MTN as well as power outages.
“Fibre cuts are major challenge to the operations of MTN in the country,” she stressed.