MTN Ghana announces launch of HSDPA service

February 2, 2009 at 18:09 1 comment

MTN Ghana (formerly Spacefon Areeba) launched its 3.5G service in Ghana on 28 January using high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology. MTN says its new network will offer a range of data-oriented services and provide for more efficient delivery of existing services such as voice, SMS, MMS, and mobile internet access. Local press were given the opportunity to experience the benefits of 3.5G in a specially-constructed phone booth. Going forward, MTN Ghana plans to roll out more HSDPA-enabled phone booths in the capital Accra. In December 2008 Kuwait-based telecoms group Zain launched a 3.5G network in Ghana, having invested more than USD420 million in the country to realise the speedy deployment of the technology – a first for sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa.

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  • 1. Erasmus D Tagoe  |  June 30, 2009 at 20:39

    I bought an MTN datacard to browse the internet with on my laptop. A month after buying the modem and datacard at a total cost close to 300GHC, I have not even received 24 hours worth of the 3.5G broadband speed they keep making noise about. The service is down most of the time and very erratic when it’s up. What I get is a GPRS speed of less than 5kb/sec which is even worse than a dial-up connection.
    I’m sorry MTN your need to unnecessarily compete does not mean your customers should suffer because you are not fully ready to offer the service. And your staff have been very unhelpful to say the least (I am so tempted to name names). Customer Service, through IT and whoever is in charge of the so-called 3.5G service. Be reminded that browsing on a phone is not the same as browsing on a laptop. MTN wake up to your commitments to your customers!! We are paying for the service, it’s not for free!!

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