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Yam phones can’t use 5G, upgrade – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

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Ghana’s Communications and Digitalisation Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has encouraged users of “Yam phones”—a local term for basic keypad phones—to upgrade their devices in preparation for the upcoming 5G network rollout.

This move represents a major advancement toward faster and more affordable mobile data in Ghana.

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Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, May 30, 2024, Minister Owusu-Ekuful announced the government’s plan to launch 5G services within the next six months.

The rollout will be led by Next-Gen InfraCo (NGIC), a consortium that includes the government of Ghana and seven partners: Ascend Digital, K-NET, Radisys, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, and telecommunications companies AT Ghana and Telecel Ghana.

The Minister also mentioned that global tech giant Microsoft has shown interest in the project, with discussions set to begin soon.

NGIC will be the first entity to establish a nationwide 4G/5G Mobile Broadband Shared Infrastructure in Ghana.

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“The introduction of 5G services is set to advance Ghana’s digital agenda,” stated Minister Owusu-Ekuful.

“This will benefit sectors such as education, healthcare, and digital payments, reducing the digital divide and enhancing financial inclusion.”

The consortium’s equity will be shared among the public of Ghana, Ascend Digital, K-NET, all mobile operators in Ghana, and other private investors, including potential technology providers.

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This multi-partner initiative aims to support NGIC in deploying the necessary network infrastructure and services, catering to both enterprise and consumer markets with enhanced digital offerings.

The arrival of 5G is expected to transform internet access and usage across the country, paving the way for a more connected and digitally inclusive future.

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