Three multinational network companies operating in the country have had some of their cell sites located in the Volta Region disconnected from electricity supply for non-payment of electricity bills, leading to massive call drops in the region.
Airtel, Glo and Tigo cell sites in the Volta Region of Ghana had their power cut off by the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as part of an exercise to retrieve monies owed the company. Information gathered by Biztechafrica indicates that Airtel owes about GH¢ 127,000.00, Glo owes about GH¢ 112,000.00 and Tigo GH¢ 250,000.
According to Biztechafrica sources in the Volta Region following the power cut at the various networks cell sites which adversely affected connective in some areas within the region, no explanation was given or apologies were made to the public for the inconvenience.
The Volta Regional Commercial Manager of ECG Sylvester Abrefa-Besea told Biztechafrica in an interview that his organisation is concerned about the discomfort of disconnecting companies but it is left with no other option since all defaulting companies and state owned enterprises were notified with a threat to sue or disconnect them if they failed to settle all outstanding debts.
The disconnection exercise also affected the state broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s regional transmission station.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana