Ericsson, Tigo unveil free mobile network


Communications technology provider Ericsson has partnered up with TiGo Ghana to deploy a free voice and data network in that country using a hybrid power solution.

Alan Triggs, Vice President & Head of Operations Sub-Saharan Africa and Country Manager for Ericsson, said the move was aimed at bringing better education and creating opportunities for those unconnected in Ghana’s rural areas.

Most parts of Ghana's West Mamprusi and Builsa districts have no internet and mobile cellphone connections, making communication very difficult.

"Mobile services along with internet connectivity will boost all levels of development in this otherwise neglected area,” said Amadou Niang, the director of the Millenium Development Goals for West Africa.

Niang adds, "I believe we will see quick advances in health, education and agriculture infrastructure and business development through this partnership.”

Acting chief executive officer of TiGo Ghana, Obafemi Banigbe, said the mobile operator’s participation was aimed at providing access to modern communication technology to people in deep rural areas, who do not enjoy similar communication social networks as their urban counterparts.

"It is our overriding vision to create a world where mobile services are affordable accessible and available to everywhere and to all," said Banigbe.

The Ericsson-TiGo partnership is financed by the United Nations' Millennium Village Project and includes partners Earth Institute and Millennium Promise.

“More than 500,000 people in 10 sub-Saharan Africa countries have benefited from mobile connectivity as a result of the Millennium Village Project,” said Triggs.