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Business News of Saturday, 11 February 2017


Vodafone launches ‘fibre-to-the-home’

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, has urged telecommunications to deploy fibre broad bands to homes and offices, as a means of preventing cable theft in the industry.

“The deployment of landlines is one of the strongest ways in enabling the delivery of efficient network broad bands to many homes, however, that has been under threat for over five years now due to the phenomenon of cable theft,” he stressed.

He said the impact of cable theft is felt across all facets of life, including businesses, security communications networks, medical centres, homes, industries and even revenues accruing to government.

Mr Sakyi-Addo, who was speaking at the launch of Vodafone’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), said once fibre steps into the door, the copper concept will diminish.

He added that the FTTH is one of the most advanced forms of technology for building the next generation of communication networks around the world.

“It offers for greater reliability, lower operating costs, lower energy use to run the network and perhaps, most important of all, much greater bandwidth.

“This technology will open doors to a new world positively impacting healthcare delivery, improving access to quality education and boosting economy,” he enumerated.

He commended Vodafone for playing its part in making sure it achieved its purpose of providing reliable and affordable internet to consumers – for their homes, offices and on-the-go.

Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Yolanda Cuba, in her address, explained that the new technology will be delivered using state-of-the-art fibre optic infrastructure and will transform communities in Ghana.

She added that, “it will enable our customers to get so much done within limited time like never before.”

The company, she announced, is partnering communities and real estate developers at key locations across the country to deliver this new technology.

She encouraged developers and home owners to make provision of telecom services as the third utility after water and electricity.

Ms Cuba further announced that 1000 homes have been connected to the fibre network in 20 communities, with more communities in line to experience the uniqueness of the service.