Telco operators bemoan data capacity deficit in Ghana

Telco operators bemoan data capacity deficit in Ghana

Some telecommunication operators have expressed worry about the growing demand for data and digital services, which they say is posing a serious threat to their limited infrastructure capacity.

According to them, currently, their infrastructure is under pressure due to the high demand for data services especially as most of the content demands are international.

Speaking at a breakfast meeting in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr Selorm Adadevoh, said until they get the capacity to grow faster than demand, infrastructure will always be under pressure thereby truncating the quality of service to customers.

He said: “The situation we are in today is that the demands for data services and digital services is growing at a faster pace than new capacities coming into the market and we are calling that situation a data capacity deficit.

“It essentially means until we get capacity to grow faster than demand our infrastructure will always be under pressure”.

“There are different components of the infrastructure that are under pressure”.

“One of the biggest challenges in Ghana today is that a lot of our content demand is international”.

“Inasmuch as we have local infrastructure that carries out traffic, to carry that bulk traffic you need enough backbone that has the capacity all around the country to give the level of consistency and to give a certain level of quality”.

“So, our fibre backbone nationwide is one of our major constraints”.

“We are still using significantly microwaves to transmit between cities, not even in remote areas but peri-urban areas and this is a major problem”.

“And even within cities, the fibre connectivities, the metro fibre, is also underdeveloped and that’s a first area that presents a challenge for us as infrastructure”.