MTN says fiber optic cuts are major operational challenges



Tamale, Oct. 22, GNA – Ms Gina Fiagbenu, Corporate Communications Senior Manager of MTN Ghana Limited, has complained that fiber optic cuts as a result of construction activities are the major problems confronting the company.

     The problem she said creates congestion and network difficulties.

      She said the company experienced 140 fiber optic cuts last year and in this year, has already experienced 398 fiber optic cuts which had not only cost the company but resulted in numerous network difficulties, adding: “The regulator is already aware of the situation.”

     Ms Fiagbenu was addressing journalists an Editors Forum in Tamale on Monday which aimed at strengthening the relationship of MTN with the media.

     The occasion was part of the Savannah Fest during which series of activities are planned for one month to showcase the MTN brand.

     Ms Fiagbenu said MTN had introduced new innovations such as mobile money transfer and mobile money services, which she noted is making positive impact in the lives of people.

     The company is currently located in 22 countries in Africa and has invested about 1.2 billion dollars in the country.

     MTN is expected to invest 142 million dollars this year and to make more impact across the country.  

     Ms Fiagbenu said aside from providing one ICT facility in each region, it has also provided educational and health projects and introduced economic empowerment project for many deprived people.

      She said the ICT industry had transformed the globe and urged Ghanaians to capitalise on the phenomenon to change their lives.

     Mr James Bukhani Basiatale, General Manager of Northern Business District who launched the Savannah Fest noted that MTN was much appreciative of the symbiotic relationship that existed between the company and the media.

      He noted that the media had largely contributed to the success of the company.

      Mr Basiatale said as part of the Savannah Fest MTN would inaugurate a number of projects and series of activities covering business, sports and entertainment which had been lined up to take place in Tamale, Bolgatanga and Wa.

      He said the purpose of the regional festival is to enable the brand to get closer to subscribers in the regions.

      He said a three-classroom block at Kanvilli Presby Junior High School and a sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of a Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit in the Tamale Teaching Hospital would be part of the activities.


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