Vodafone has announced plans to roll out 4G services across the country in the second quarter of 2019. This directly pits the company against MTN.
It also burdens AirtelTigo and Glo to improve their services which might prove difficult since they did not participate in the 4G spectrum license auction.
Vodafone will be rolling out their 4G services through the 2×5 MHz in the 800 MHz band the company received, from the National Communications Authority (NCA).
Yolanda Cuba, CEO- Vodafone Ghana, labeled the company’s decision to obtain the 4G spectrum as a long-term tactical venture that would guarantee that it “stays ahead of the curve and be recognized as one of the most innovative companies in Ghana”.
With the emergence of a second 4G licensee in Ghana, AirtelTigo and Glo are the remaining operators without license to deliver 4G services.
Roshi Motman, Former CEO – AirtelTigo said, “Acquiring a 4G [license] is a natural progression but actually as a company, we are looking towards acquiring a 5G spectrum because in reality it’s time for 5G in the world and not really 4G.
“So, it’s a bit sad that in Ghana the situation is the way it is. I also believe that it is not necessary to move from 2G to 3G and then to the next when there is a more developed one out there. You can go straight onto 5G.”
Glo, on the other hand, has industry experts believing that the company’s data market share of 1.12% does not justify an investment of US$30-million for a spectrum license.
The company has stressed that even though it is a 3G network, “it is still offering Ghana’s highest data speed and most affordable bundles.