Business News of 2014-04-10

Adopt voluntary network sharing – Vodafone boss

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, Haris Broumidis has stated that in order to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban areas in Ghana, telecommunication providers must find a cost-efficient way to roll out in the country’s hinterlands.

Speaking at a West Africa Telecom Summit in Accra, Mr. Broumidis proposed voluntary network sharing as a more efficient model that would ensure growth and create a win-win situation for operators, rural communities and government.

Vodafone’s CEO, in a statement, indicated that active sharing would allow operators to cover most areas since the cost of deploying service is expensive.

“Active infrastructure sharing agreements will allow operators to pull resources together, and use their spectrum assets more efficiently through a more effective network planning and deployment that maximizes network coverage and capacity,” he said.

This, he stated, could only be achieved if government supports a more flexible sharing arrangement between operators.