COVID-19: Telcos unite to support gov't in fight; offer massive packages to customers

COVID-19: Telcos unite to support gov't in fight; offer massive packages to customers

- All telecommunication companies in Ghana are offering various free packages to its subscribers

- This is in a bid to throw in their support to government in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic

- The Telcos Chamber noted their vision in times like these is to help people have access to connectivity and technology

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All telecommunication companies in Ghana, in a bid to throw in their support to government in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, are offering various free packages to its subscribers.

Some of those packages are free access to over 100 educational online sites and e-learning platforms.

In a statement on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Telecommunications Chamber noted their vision in times like these is to help people have access to connectivity and technology so that people, society and industry could thrive during the crisis.

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The Chamber said the telcos have also made access to the national COVID-19 response call centre, 112, free.

With regard to banking, they have collaborated with the Bank of Ghana to offer free of charge Mobile Money transactions below GH¢100 to promote digital forms of payments and augment social distancing rules which reduce the rate of new infections.

The Chamber also stated that they have optimised their networks and boost capacity to support surge in voice and data usage due to mass behavior shift to working from home, e-learning, increased streaming, online gaming, virtual meetings, and movies and TV viewing online.

Also, members are independently rolling out commercial offers such as no disconnection policy for postpaid business/enterprise customers, huge bonuses on airtimes purchased through mobile money platforms, double data allocations on selected bundles, and data offers which do not expire all through these difficult times.

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In other news, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given its approval for a $1 billion credit facility to Ghana to combat the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the economy and inflicted hardship on Ghanaians.

The IMF, on Monday, April 13, 2020, approved the fund, which would be drawn under the Rapid Credit Facility.

The outbreak of the coronavirus has negatively impacted Ghana’s economy and has led to a slowdown of growth, the tightening of financial conditions and placed pressure on the exchange rate.

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