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MTN launches 3.5G services in Ghana

MTN has launched 3.5G services in Ghana using high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology

MTN has launched 3.5G services in Ghana using high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology.

The development will pitch MTN against rival Zain, which launched its 3.5 service in December 2008. Both operators will also soon face competition from Globacom, which bought a 3G licence for Ghana in mid-2008, and is expected to start services soon.

Incumbent operator Ghana Telecom is also expected to launch 3G services in the coming months after it signed a $120 million contract with Huawei Technologies to upgrade its 2G network to 3G, in January.

George Andah, chief marketing officer, MTN, said his company’s 3G technology will “enhance the overall network experience” for its customers and will provide more efficient systems for the transmission of existing voice, text and data services.

“While we continue to increase investments in network infrastructure and working in partnerships with all stakeholders, we are excited that the introduction of this new technology will complement initiatives aimed at improving the overall network quality,” he added.

“3.5G brings with it a new suite of exciting multimedia services such as video streaming, games, music videos, sports, news and more.”

In the first phase of the rollout, MTN will offer mobile broadband and video calling, allow users to see and talk to people they call in real time. More services will be introduced “in due course”, the company said.

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