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Business News of Tuesday, 24 March 2020

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Coronavirus: Reducing data cost will cause system overload - MTN Ghana


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The Chief Executive of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh has said calls for MTN to reduce the cost of data because of COVID-19 will not help the telecommunication giant because there will be overloading of their system.

In a Citi FM interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Mr. Adadevoh said any such reduction in the cost of internet data will put pressure on their system.

“Once you lower prices, invariably the 150 percent growth in capacity will become 300 percent growth in capacity. If we can’t even accommodate 150 percent increase in traffic; then creating a situation where we have to accommodate 300 percent increase in traffic will be a challenge,” he explained.

He said the increase in traffic occasioned by data cost reduction will affect internet speed as the current MTN system cannot handle the load.

He warned further that almost everyone at home will be hooked on the internet and it will cause more problems.

“All the government workers have gone home and require a network that can allow them to be productive, but will be denied that ability because the network will become very slow, grinding to a halt”. He said.

The CEO also revealed that more people are watching movies and using social media than before.

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