The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, has assured customers that they would continue to invest in the network in order to provide them with quality and affordable services in the country.

Concerning the issue of quality service, Mr. Adadevoh, explained that the problem wasn’t only centred within the telecommunication companies alone, but then, there were also external factors which affected the quality of service.

According to him, it was beyond their capacity to control the external factors, however, they were trying their very best to solve the problems. In line with that, he said, they had invested US$ 300m into their network for the past two (2) years.

The Chief Executive said this in an interaction with members of the Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA) when they paid a courtesy call on him at the MTN Head office in Accra, on Friday, 23rd November, 2018.

As part of their long standing relationship with MTN, JBA seized the opportunity to officially congratulate Mr. Selorm Adadevoh, on his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana in June 20th, 2018.

In reaction to the recent National Communications Authority’s (NCA) fine of GH¢34m on the telecommunication operators in the country, Mr. Selorm optimized they were going to conform with the decision of the regulator.

According to him, MTN Ghana received their fine letter two days back as at the day of JBA’s visit. He however noted that, they were planning to meet the National Communications Authority (NCA) over the fine, in order for them to get detailed information on the fine.

In his answer to a question asked by Cephas Larbi of JBA, as to whether they would need more spectrum, Mr. Seloem said, “Yes, because the way spectrum has been allocated in Ghana, there is no mechanism to allocate spectrum based on the size of a company, right…. So you’ll see that different companies with different sizes have the same or ….in some cases, smaller companies have more spectrum and in a lot of advanced markets, there is a provision for under utilization of national assets.

“So if you are given a national asset with spectrum and is under utilized, there are policies around reallocation of under utilized spectrum, and that reallocation is done with the view of the different sizes of the operators so that they can rebalance the resources available to the operators.

“We’re hopping that we can influence some of this policies here as well, because today as it is, we have significant disadvantage in terms of spectrum and therefore, we have to find ways to reallocating we’re under utilized spectrum so that we can get balance.”

The leader of the delegation, Suleiman Mustapha, who is the President of the Journalists for Business Advocacy (JBA), called on MTN Ghana to harmonize their partnership with JBA, in order for the association to also intensify their advocacy on the National Fiscal Stabilisation Levy (NFSL), imposed on the telecommunication companies as well as other sectors.

He said, “Specifically, apart from the fact that we’ve had a lot of working relationship with several organizations, the relationship we’ve had with MTN over the years has been super, and I can enumerate some of the things we’ve done with MTN.”

Key amongst projects the association had extensively advocated on on behalf of MTN Ghana Mr. Mustapha enumerated were their strong advocacy on mobile money fraud, optical fibre cuts along construction areas in the country, battery theft, and as well as expatiating on various activities of MTN Ghana Foundation’s CSR impact on society.

“There are other things that we’ve been doing but, not done much on it so the result cannot be measured. All of these things that I’ve mentioned we can confidently measure the result and say it’s been successful, but this one….the National Fiscal Stabilization Levy (NFSL), we’ve not done much on… is because we’ve not had MTN give us the real facts and engage us really what is the situation and what is it now. Because, with this FSL, it’s a fiscal regime that the government has instituted and there was supposed to be a sunset clause for which government will review it and take it off….but up till now, it’s still in force in the tax laws of the country,” Mr. Mustapha emphasized.

Also present were, MTN Ghana Corporate Service Executive, Mr. Samuel Koranteng, MTN Ghana Senior Communications Manager, Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu.

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