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22.12.2007 Business & Finance

Telecom Coys Want 3G Licence

By Daily Guide

Mobile telephony operators have urged the National Communications Authority (NCA), regulator of the telecommunication industry, to expedite action on the 3G Licence which will add new features and capabilities on the mobile networks.

CITY & BUSINESS GUIDE gathers that telecom regulators in the sub region have begun releasing 3G Licences to operators and the service providers say it is about time the NCA considers doing the same to enable the country's mobile operators stay in competition.
The analysts think the 3G Licence would enhance operations of service providers since 3G phones are already in use.

Already, Millicom Ghana Limited, operators of TIGO, are considering applying to the NCA for a 3G Licence and they hope the NCA would grant them the licence. The other service providers would soon follow suit.

3G which is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology after 2G, offers the potential to keep people connected at all times and in all places.

It is based on the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) family of standards under the International Mobile Telecommunications Programme.

The 3G technologies enables network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving a greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency.

It includes capabilities and features such as enhanced multimedia (voice, data, video, and remote control), usability on all popular modes (cellular telephone, e mail, paging, fax, video conferencing and web browsing), broad bandwidth and high speed as well as roaming capability throughout the world.

The 3G systems can operate from any location on, or over the earth's surface, including use in homes, businesses, government offices, medical establishments, the military amongst others.

Since December 2005, 100 3G networks are operating in 40 countries, according to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association.

In Asia, Europe, Canada and the USA, telecommunication companies use W-CDMA technology with the support of around 100 terminal designs to operate 3G mobile networks.By Charles Nixon Yeboah

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