The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh has announced a partnership with 6 other multinationals to build a comprehensive subsea data cable to serve the African continent and the Middle East region.
The move according to the telecom giant is due to its astronomical growth in demand for internet and data services influenced by the Covid pandemic, thus requiring significant investment to expand its data infrastructure.
Demand for data has grown by about 100% between March 2020 and March 2021 according to MTN Ghana, indicating that current internet infrastructure will soon be outstripped by demand.
The project dubbed ‘2 Africa’ will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects with the ability to interconnect Europe, the Middle East, and 21 landing stations in 16 African countries, Ghana inclusive.
The 37,000 km-long undersea cables will boost access to internet in Africa and create capacity for the piloting of 5G internet in Ghana.
CEO of MTN Ghana, Seloem Adadevor in a media engagement on the sidelines of an Editors Forum organized by MTN Ghana as part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, said “With permission from the Government, Ghana could be piloting 5G internet services in 2023” in a drive towards a boost in access to data across Ghana.
Mr. Adadevoh also noted that the MTN is in talks with the government to acquire more spectrum to service the growing demand.