Ghana’s Minister of Communication, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has challenged mobile network operators in the country to up their game by improving the delivery of quality of service as a way of giving customers value for money.
She spoke on the theme ‘Moving from Service Quality to Service Excellence’ at the Maiden Stakeholders’ Dialogue Series organised by the Network of Communication Reporters (NCR) in partnership with MTN Ghana.
“I am entreating the National Communication Authority (NCA) to consider such engagements with stakeholders as a sounding box for regulatory action and for policy advice. They should be included in the discussions of the Industry Forum and other consultation meetings that will provide opportunity for the people’s voices to be heard. It is the openness in the sector’s activities and transparency in the conduct of our affairs that will be tribute to His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,” the Minister stressed.
The Minister acknowledged muted voice calls and muffled voice (poor sound quality) as some of the complaints raised by most subscribers and called for a closer collaboration between key stakeholders within the telecoms sector and the news media to collectively create the necessary public awareness to the opportunities that Information Communication Technology brings to enhance self-development, entrepreneurship, job creation, citizen empowerment and national development.
“I must say that subsequently, I have come to appreciate the value of our stakeholders promoting Ghana’s march to an information-rich and knowledge-based society and I welcome the commitment of the networks to focus on ICT reporting. In our rapidly changing technology environment, we rely on our partnership with the news media to disseminate the right information to help educate the citizenry on the essentials of ICT development,” she noted.
The Director in charge of Regulatory Administration at the National Communications Authority, Kofi Datsa, revealed that as part of efforts on the part of the industry regulator to ensure the delivery of quality of service to subscribers, the regulator had established quality of service indicators for operators and service providers and hinted that these are monitored once every quarter in all metropolises and twice a year in all Districts within the country.
“We have also purchased ultra-modern equipment we use in monitoring the network. This gives us a clear picture of what is happening at the MNOs’ end,” he said.