MTN LAUNCHES 3.5GTECHNOLOGY IN GHANA
Accra January 28, 2009 – MTN Ghana is delighted to announce that it has launched the 3.5G technology in Ghana . The announcement was made at an exciting MTN Media launch earlier on today.
The MTN 3.5G launch marks an evolution in mobile technology in Ghana and will put MTN Ghana at the forefront of technology and in the league of top mobile operators globally.
3.5G is the generic term used for the next generation of mobile communications systems that support the effective delivery of a range of data-orientated services.
The technology also provides more efficient systems for the transmission of existing services such as voice, text and data, supporting far greater speeds than what is available today.
The Ag CEO Mazen Mroue said, I am extremely delighted to announce the roll out of the 3.5g technology which puts MTN on the road to providing leading services to our valued customers.
The Chief Technical Officer, Eben Albertyn and the Chief Marketing Officer, George Andah, took turns to explain the new technology and the benefits it will bring to MTN Customers.
‘I am especially delighted because the new technology being introduced today will enhance the overall network experience for our cherished customers as it will provide more efficient systems for the transmission of existing voice, text and data services,' said George Andah.
‘While we continue to increase investments in network infrastructure and working in partnerships with all stakeholders, we are excited that the introduction of this new technology will complement initiatives aimed at improving the overall network quality.' he continued.
‘3.5G brings with it a new suite of exciting multimedia services such as video streaming, games, music videos, sports, news and more. '' Mr Andah continued.
MTN will offer at this phase of the launch, mobile broadband and video calling that will enable fast data speed and allow users to see and talk to people they call in real time. More services will be introduced by MTN in due course.
The media was given the opportunity to experience the 3.5 G technology in a specially-constructed booth that will soon be placed at selected locations in the capital, to enable more subscribers to also experience the new technology.
MTN has consistently been the first to launch innovative, extra value products and services in the telecommunications industry including segmented tariffs, WECA (West and Central Africa ) tariffs, BlackBerry and Seamless Roaming. This latest addition is born out of MTN's relentless commitment to offer world-class telecommunications services.
About MTN Ghana
MTN Ghana is the market leader in the increasingly competitive mobile telecommunications industry in Ghana , offering subscribers a range of exciting options under Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go Services. Scancom Limited operators joined the MTN Group through its acquisition of Investcom (Areeba) during 2006 and re-branded to MTN Ghana on 2 August 2007. MTN Ghana has committed itself to delivering a wealth of experience and innovation in the telecommunications industry and seeks to further enrich Ghana 's telecommunications market. MTN Group Limited is a leading provider of communication services, offering cellular network access and business solutions. For further information, visit www.mtn.com.gh
ABOUT THE MTN GROUP
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East . The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN". As at 31 March 2008, MTN recorded 68,2 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East . Visit www.mtn.com and www.mtnfootball.com .
Note to Editors
The service is based on HSDPA, short for High-Speed Downlink Packet Access, which is a new protocol for mobile telephone data transmission. Commonly known as 3.5G (G stands for generation) technology, HSDPA is based on a packet switched suite of protocols (which offers several advantages over the existing circuit-switched techniques used for carrying mobile voice) and utilizes a number of techniques in parallel to increase the efficiency and reduce the latency. This allows higher call volumes and support for new and exciting multimedia data applications such as broadband access to the internet, emailing, mobile TV, video telephony and video conferencing from a mobile phone, PDA, or laptop.
GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) - 2.5G technology capable of delivering theoretical maximum speeds of 140-170 kbps; in reality actual speeds range from 32 - 48 kbps
EDGE (Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution) - 2.75G technology capable of delivering theoretical maximum speeds of 384 kbps; actual packet data rates can reach around 180-234 kbit/s kbps
UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) - 3G technology delivering theoretical maximum speeds of 2mbps; actual transfer rates of up to 384 kbit/s
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) - 3.5G technology capable of delivering theoretical speeds of up to 14.0 Mbit/s data transfer rates in theory; actual rates up to 3.6 mbps
For more information, visit www.mtn.com.gh
Mawuena Dumor (Ms)
Corporate Services Executive
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