Telecommunication operators MTN and Vodafone Ghana have signed an agreement to pilot national roaming in the Volta region and indicated that the partnership is a step towards establishing a national roaming alliance.
In a statement published by the companies, Vodafone Ghana will expand its network coverage by leveraging MTN’s network infrastructure.
The Government of Ghana has prioritised national roaming implementation to ensure universal access and to accelerate the country’s digital economy initiative.
The strategy is to create a full national roaming regime amongst all operators in the country.
CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, said, “the national roaming implementation will enable customers to stay connected in areas outside our current coverage location. This is significantly essential for underserved communities as national roaming provides a pool of network providers. We believe that the partnership in the Volta Region is a step in the right direction, and collaborating with the Government, the regulator, and MTN Ghana will ensure that we extend the national roaming service beyond the Volta Region.”
Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of MTN Ghana, added, “this partnership is a breakthrough in the industry and correlates with our Ambition 2025 strategic intent of Leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. MTN supports the Government’s national roaming plans, and we know that national roaming will broaden network coverage for Ghanaians and support the growth of Ghana’s Telecommunications industry. Our expert engineers have developed solutions to various challenges discovered along the way, and we are eager to see what this partnership with Vodafone Ghana will bring.”
In March, MTN pledged more than US$1-billion toward telecommunication infrastructure development in Ghana over the next five years.
We have seen interconnectivity across many African markets, and this is viewed as a solution that underserved communities will benefit from infrastructure sharing and cross-connecting platforms and systems between operators.
Several national roaming agreements have been secured across Africa, including MTN Cameroon and Cameroon Telecommunications (Camtel), whose agreement will see Camtel expand 2G/3G and 4G coverage in areas not covered by its network.