NGIC will increase 4G penetration rate from current 15% to 80% within 3 years — Ursula Owusu

Headlines Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communication
Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communication

The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has announced plans by the Next-Gen InfraCo (NGIC) to significantly increase 4G penetration in Ghana from the current rate of 15% to 80% over the next three years.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Thursday, May 30, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful noted "Through NGIC, we hope to increase the 4G penetration rate to 80% and beyond nationwide, with a total deployment of 3,200 and 1,200 4G and 5G sites, respectively, rolled out in the next 3 years."

NGIC is a new shared infrastructure company co-promoted by the Government of Ghana, Ascend Digital, and K-NET with support from leading technology providers including Nokia, Radisys and Tech Mahindra.

The deal establishes NGIC as the sole wholesale 5G licensee in Ghana tasked with delivering affordable high-speed 5G and 4G mobile broadband services across the country.

It aims to provide a neutral hosting platform for all mobile network operators in Ghana.

NGIC plans to deploy over 4,400 sites within the next four years with the goal of reaching many customers and ensuring universal access to broadband connectivity by 2030.

The increased rollout of 4G and 5G sites by NGIC is expected to significantly boost internet and mobile data usage in Ghana.

It will reduce costs for telecom companies and make connectivity more affordable and accessible for consumers.

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