MTN GHANA PLEDGES PERSONAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR MOBILE MONEY AGENTS

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MTN Ghana has pledged to prioritise the safety of mobile money (MoMo) agents as some in certain parts of Ghana have become targets for criminals in recent times. They have been attacked, maimed and in some cases killed, and their monies stolen. MTN said its officials have begun educating agents in personal safety, information management and how to avoid recruiting personnel who might pose a risk to their businesses.

General manager for mobile money financial services at MTN Ghana, Eli Hini, said processes are under way with the Central Bank to set up an agent registry. He said this will ensure that those on the registry are validated, and they would be taken off the system if they caught in any malpractice.

He said the company will take finger prints and do a thorough background check on people who want to become agents to ensure that they do not have any criminal records before setting up a MoMo business with MTN. He advised agents to stop working late into the night to save their businesses from being targeted by robbers.

Source: Telecompaper

HELIOS TOWERS PARTNERS VULATEL ON SOUTH AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE

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Helios Towers has entered into a partnership with Vulatel to work on expanding South Africa’s mobile and fixed-line infrastructure, saying that they aim to make “major greenfield wireless and fixed-line telecoms infrastructure investments”.

Helios Towers will own 66 per cent of Helios Towers South Africa (HTSA) and Vulatel the remaining 34 per cent. Raising money for expansion across Africa for Helios and the like, seeing as the continent holds a tremendous opportunity for growth.
The company predicts that South Africa will lead in the roll-out of 5G in sub-Saharan Africa and will potentially be a part of that process. HTSA, in agreement with Vulatel, will build open access infrastructure to subsequently be leased to other companies.

Helios Towers has long considered entering into the South African market, having already established a foothold in other African countries like Tanzania, Ghana, and the DRC. Of these markets, South Africa is considered one of the more stable and so HTSA is looking at opportunities to buy towers from wireless carriers, like MTN and Vodacom.

Source:ITNewsAfrica

APPOLONIA CITY PARTNERS ATC GHANA TO AMPLIFY GHANA’S COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE

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Appolonia City has partnered with ATC Ghana, a subsidiary of American Tower Corporation, to deploy cell towers within Appolonia City’s development in Greater Accra. The first cell tower has already been installed, enhancing connections for current residents and businesses at Appolonia City.

“We continue to see more companies, both local and international, investing in Appolonia City,” Appolonia City CEO Bright Owusu-Amofah said of the partnership. “American Tower’s wireless infrastructure is world renowned, and we are committed to providing world-class connectivity to our residents and businesses.”
Gordon Xatse, Head of Sales and Marketing of ATC Ghana, said: “It has been a pleasure working with Rendeavour on the Appolonia City project, which is among the best planned sub-urban developments in Africa. Following the successful installation of our first telecommunications site at Appolonia City, we look forward to expanding our partnership with Rendeavour, and continuing to deliver world-class service to our mutual customers and communities.”

Rendeavour is building seven new cities on 12,000 hectares in five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rendeavour cities provide homes, offices, schools, healthcare facilities and industrial parks within a well-planned urban environment, along with the infrastructure – roads, power, water and ICT – that form the foundation for the continent’s future growth.

Appolonia City has forged a number of strategic partnerships recently, with entities such as the Association of Ghana Industries, Comland Company Limited and now ATC Ghana. In 2018, Appolonia City was named “The Most Promising Company of the Year” at the Ghana Business Awards and received the “Best Member Award 2018” from the American Chamber of Commerce.

Source: ITNewsAfrica

A UNIFIED LICENSE REGIME ENCOURAGES INNOVATIVE MARKET GROWTH

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The Vice President of the Republic, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has underscored the importance of Ghana’s telecommunications sector undergoing a unified license regime - an agenda the Vice President refers to as the way forward to ensure alignment with our Telecoms Policy.

He made this statement during his keynote address to participants at an Industry breakfast meeting organized by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications under the theme: Leveraging effective use and distribution of Spectrum in Ghana for National Development at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.

Outlining how Ghana’s National Telecom Policy created in 2005 was to adopt a neutral approach to regulation of the communications sector, the Vice President said “in practice the current licensing framework consists of a number of different service-specific license categories, which requires 17 different forms of permission to provide communications services to Ghanaians, Let us use this meeting to identify the way forward in ensuring alignment with section 2.1 of the above policy which statesLicensing and regulation shall be technologically neutral to encourage economically efficient and innovative market development”.

The Vice President also admonished for flexibility with regards to regulatory models in providing certainty in licensing. This he believes would reduce cost on service providers.

He said, “A finite roadmap is vital in supporting our market players and allowing flexibility, minimizing distortions from historic regulatory models, providing certainty in licensing, reducing compliance costs and allowing licensees deploy the most efficient and cost-effective network technologies”.

To that end, the Vice President said his government is willing to partner the industry and all key stakeholders, to consolidate efforts to leverage ICT for National development

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through the elimination of bottlenecks in the distribution of spectrum.

Chief Executive of AirtelTigo, Mrs. Mitwa Keamba Ng’ambi in her welcome address reiterated the telecoms industry’s commitment in supporting the efforts of H.E The President’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.

“I’d like to assure Your Excellency that we as Mobile Network Operators in the industry, see ourselves as partners to you on the developmental agenda for this country. Therefore, when we raise concerns and recommendations as an industry, we do so in good faith, in hope that we can together continue to drive the industry forward and create history in Ghana. We commit to supporting your efforts to achieving H.E The President’s drive of a Ghana Beyond Aid using the Telecommunications industry as a catalyst and the rails on which other sectors will ride. ”

The Breakfast meeting brought together senior government officials, Parliament, NCA, GSMA, Coleago, Ministry of Finance, and Ghana Revenue Authority, members of the Chamber, some senior editors and experts from the telecoms sector.

The event was in support of government’s vision to leverage ICT for national economic development and the drive towards a Ghana Beyond Aid.

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Source: Chamber News Desk