Minister advises Ghanaians to reduce internet use and find other sources of entertainment

Minister advises Ghanaians to reduce internet use and find other sources of entertainment

- The Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has called on Ghanaians to limit the use of the internet

- According to her, increased use of the internet during the partial lockdown has placed pressure on the networks

- She added that the government has, as a result, given MTN and Vodafone, free spectrum for 3 months

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The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has called on Ghanaians to limit the use of the internet during the lockdown period.

According to her, it would be preferable if other sources of entertainment are found and utilised.

Speaking at a press briefing organised by the Ministry of Information, she explained that the quality of network services has been generally affected because there has been a spike in internet use.

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She said that Ghanaians could resort to normal calls instead of video calls and also limit the rate of downloading music, movies, and other heavy files.

According to a report by GhanaWeb, she explained that the increased internet use has led to congestion on all networks, leading to poor quality of service.

She went on to say that this has compelled the government to offer free spectrum for three months to MTN and Vodafone, the main networks bearing the brunt of the increased usage.

In other news, MTN Group has announced its plan to sell 15% of its business in Nigeria to subscribers.

The company revealed that the move is in line with a plan to reduce its presence in the West African country.

According to MTN’s Chief Financial Officer, Ralph Mupita, the company wishes to embark on the sale because of the numerous challenges with the government over the years.

The Nigerian government recently asked the company to return all improperly accrued funds and pay $2 billion in backdated taxes.

The request comes almost a year after MTN listed the unit on the country’s stock exchange, valuing the business at $5 billion at the time.

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