- MTN Ghana has increased its data charges for its Fibre Broadband and TurboNet services
- The company has also announced an increase in the prices of devices and these changes would take effect from Monday, March 2, 2020
- Before the increase in charges took effect, MTN Ghana sent an announcement to its customers via text message
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YEN.com.gh has learned that telecommunications company, MTN Ghana, has increased data charges for its Fibre Broadband and TurboNet.
The company has also reportedly increased prices of devices and these price changes would take effect from Monday, March 2, 2020.
Before the increase in data prices took effect, the company communicated the new decision to its customers, Business Insider reports.
“Y’ello Valued Customer, in line with previous communication regarding price adjustments, Fibre broadband, and TurboNet data and device prices will increase effective 2nd March 2020. Enjoy our new flexi features and no expiry on data bundles. Thank you for choosing MTN. #WeDey4U,” the text message making the announcement read.
With the new development, customers are likely to pay GHC499 instead of GHC300 for the MTN TurboNet.
The 5GB data package would move from GHC20 to GHC25 and the 10GB would move from GHC40 to GHC50.
The 45GB data package would now sell at GHC145 instead of GHC120 and the 225GB data package would now be selling at GHC295 instead of GHC240.
In other news, in the year 2019, the internet in Africa experienced continuous and longer shutdowns, a new report has suggested.
YEN.com.gh understands that some African leaders capitalized on the situation to manage or control information in their countries.
Compared to the previous year, incidents of internet shutdowns across Africa increased by 32%, qz.com reports.
The tactic, used in some countries was revealed by AccesNow, an internet access advocacy group.
Information available shows that out of the number of African countries that shut down internet access in 2019, at least seven of them had one time in their past shut it down or did same in either 2017 and 2018.
It has also been confirmed that 35 incidents of internet shutdowns lasted longer than seven days in 2019. 19 countries including Chad, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Eritrea, Mauritania, Sudan and Zimbabwe experienced cases of total or partial shutdown for more than seven days.
Chad, however, experienced the worst case, with aspects of its social media blocked for a record 16 months.
In the run-up to the February 22, 2020, presidential elections in Togo, there were reports of social media blocks of apps such as Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger.
In the years 2017 and 2018, the entire internet was shut down in the country.
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