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MTN, Micfrim Launch Affordable Smartphones


Telecommunication giant, MTN Ghana in collaboration with Micfrim phones has launched affordable smartphones onto the Ghanaian market.

The Ipro Amber 5S (3G) and Ipro Amber 5S pro (4G) smart phones are to provide all customers the opportunity to enjoy faster internet coverage.

The phones have been specially designed taking into consideration and improving on the issues that customers raised on the MTN Smart phone introduced by the Telco seven months ago.

At the launch of the phone in Accra, Wednesday, Noel Ganson, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN, indicated that MTN looks forward to pushing the percentages of the smartphone penetration on the network higher by the end of the year.

“Our vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world is in many ways made apparent through partnerships that lead to the introduction of devices such as the IPRO Amber 5S/5S Pro. Today's launch marks another step towards the advancement of this vision, one that will make the customer's life a whole lot brighter.

He recalled that in April, MTN launched its first entry level smart feature phone, the MTN KaIOS Smart phone.

“Seven months after the launch, we are happy to say that the uptake has been very good and we have sold close to 15,000 pieces and still counting.” he disclosed

As leaders within the industry, he said MTN understands the importance of providing affordable smartphones to its customers adding that “we have been doing our best to partner Original Equipment Manufacturing companies who buy into our vision.

He was of the view that, in spite of the progress made at improving smartphone penetration, there is still room for improvement and that is why, MTN continue to invest in partnerships aimed at giving desired result of having close to 100% penetration in the near future.

The two phones are 4G and 3G entry level smartphones that run on the Android Go Operating System.

With a 5inch screen, the MTN IPro Amber 5s/ ipro Amber 5s Pro phones come well equipped with pre-installed apps such as WhatsApp, Google Maps, Facebook, YouTube, and many more.

The adaptability of the device makes it easier than ever to connect with others wherever you go.

The phones come at a retail price of GH₵275 and GH₵255 for the 4G and 3G respectively.




Mobile Telecommunication giant, MTN Ghana has expressed its determination to support the promotion of Ghana's cultural heritage.

This is the most sustainable way to preserve the rich Ghanaian culture and traditional institutions, promote national integration, cohesion and development.

"We are determined to sustain the rich Ghanaian culture and prevent it adulteration and extinction to essentially promote national integration and cohesion to create employment opportunities for the people and promote local tourism.

"This forms an integral segment of the organization's unwavering commitment to support economic empowerment initiatives as part of efforts to give back to society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”

Mr Kennedy Ofosuhene, Corporate Services Adviser for Southern Ghana, said this at a presentation made towards celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Odeefo Amuakwa Buadu VIII, Omanhene of the Breman Traditional Area in Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB) District of the Central Region.

The anniversary coincided with the 2019 Breman Odwira festival of the chiefs and people in the area which was held under the theme: “Promoting citizens’ responsibility for Bremanman’s development”.

On behalf of MTN, Mr Ofosuhene donated cash of GH¢3,000.00 and airtime worth GH¢ 3,000.00, souvenir and a hamper.

He called on the public to maximise Ghana's unique cultural heritage and enhance it.

Odeefuo Amuakwa Buadu VIII, hailed MTN for the gesture and its resoluteness in taking a bold lead in providing telecommunication services to its growing customers across the country.

The Omanhene of the Breman Traditional Area who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Baxoil Company Limited, a Ghanaian oil company that produces quality Baxoil-branded lubricant, ascended the throne on May 31, 2009 at age 41 after succeeding his late uncle, Odeefuo Amuakwa Buadu VII.

The celebration would be climaxed with a grand durbar at the Catholic Boys Basic School park at Breman Asikuma on Saturday, November 17, 2019.

The Omanhene expressed his commitment to the development of the social and economic well-being of the area, hence, the formulation and adoption of a five-year medium-term strategic development plan and the formation of the Breman Development Committee with Kyidomhene, Nana Barima Fi III, as the chairman to spearhead its implementation.

The six goals contained in the new plan are youth development, agriculture, education, health, tourism and resource development.

The Omanhene called for the support of citizens of the area, both home and abroad, towards the growth and development of the area.

Odeefuo Buadu commended the chiefs and the people, including all stakeholders for their immeasurable support during the last 10 years of his reign which has witnessed peace, unity and progress.

He also thanked the people for living in harmony since his ascension to the throne, saying “it is only when we live in peace and harmony as a people that our traditional area can achieve the desired growth”.

Source: GNA

Vodafone Moves Big Data To The Cloud


Vodafone Group partnered with Google Cloud to develop a real-time data analytics platform, in an aim to drive AI and gain insights in a single “ocean of data”.

The operator said its new Neuron platform, built on Google Cloud Platform, “will act as a brain and driver for AI and business intelligence for Vodafone’s global business”.

In a blog post, John Wibergh, Vodafone CTO, noted that Vodafone’s original big data system was built five years ago and comprised 600 servers, but faced “a lot of limitations.” A year ago the company decided to change things and instead create a cloud-based big data system.

“We can [now] much better plan and optimise our network and build that functionality into the My Vodafone app to provide better offers to our customers and also to guide our own staff on how to act in certain situations.”

Neuron currently covers 11 countries, where it has combined data from the 600 servers in a single “data ocean,” in an effort to get insights in the field of 5G network optimisation and smart retail.

Insights from Neuron are already being used in the company’s Gigabit Networks which were “increasingly optimised by AI to push capacity to where customers need it most”, and real-time analytics enabled the operator to push personalised commercial offers to customers when they are most likely to buy.

Source: MWL



Vodafone Ghana has announced new giveaways for its fixed broadband customers between now and the end of the year when they pay two or more months advance subscription fees.

The move aligns with the company’s overall commitment to put its customers first in all its offerings.

As part of the package, fixed broadband customers will enjoy unlimited browsing on the various broadband packages, free shopping at Melcom, dinner at Starbites and African Regent Hotel, tickets to SilverBird Cinemas and Roverman Production stage play, as well as grooming at the X-Men Spa.

Customers whose accounts have been inactive for three or more months can also enjoy three months unlimited browsing by reactivating their accounts at ¢150, in order to be part of the Christmas Magic promotion.

Pushpinder Gujral, Consumer Business Director at Vodafone Ghana said, “Christmas is here again and it’s a great time to give customers a thrilling experience for their dedication and commitment to our products and services.

“We want them to enjoy seamless connectivity with their loved ones this festive season. Being the telecom company with the biggest broadband packages and offerings in the industry.”

He added that they want their customers to enjoy more data; unlimited landline calls and have the option to share data with up to four mobile devices.’

The package will give customers on Vodafone One Family unlimited data in line with the fair usage policy whilst those on standard packages will get up to 100GB extra data, depending on their package.

Additionally, all fixed customers now get unlimited Vodafone landline calls in the evenings and weekends and the ability to share or move 20GB of their broadband data up to four Vodafone mobile numbers.

New customers can apply for Vodafone’s broadband service or grab a cordless landline for their home by visiting any Vodafone Retail Shop nationwide.