Hopefully you’ve seen the Vodafone teaser ads with the tagline “The future is exciting” because as it turns out the future is indeed exciting for Vodafone users.
It would seem Vodafone, Ghana’s second largest mobile network operator, is seeking a partnership with 4G LTE provider Surfline Communications to offer 4G services to its own customers. Currently the most advanced mobile technology offered by Vodafone in Ghana is 3.5G with a DC-HSPA+ and a HSDPA network. Surfline activated its 4G network in the 2500MHz band in August 2014 and currently offers LTE services to the cities of Accra, Tema and Takoradi. At the moment, Surfline operates in Accra and Tema and most recently Takoradi.
How exactly the deal and/or partnership is going to work is not really clear, especially since Vodafone does not have a license for 4G. The National Communication Authority (NCA) has been made aware of the potential partnership, however, the green light on the partnership has been delayed until the final details of the merger between Tigo and Airtel are completed.
At the moment, Surfline operates in Accra and Tema and most recently Takoradi.
If this partnership does go through, it should be quite interesting to see how the future of Vodafone develops.