The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) has signed a 5 year memorandum of understanding, (MOU) with mobile giant, MTN-Ghana and its partners Ericsson to connect its lecture halls to the wireless internet facility.
Popularly known as WIFI internet access, students as well as lecturers at the university will be able to access internet from every part of their lecture halls.
The contract which is worth 3million Ghana cedis was reached with the mobile company after it won the bid launched by the University.
The University, according to the out-going Vice-Chancellor would renew the contract with MTN if the services they provide meet the school’s expectation.
Speaking at a brief signing off ceremony at his office last week Friday, Vice-Chancellor of KNUST, Prof William Otoo-Ellis commended MTN-Ghana for winning the bid to provide limitless internet access to the school.
According to him, the Company after securing the bid had also demonstrated openness during the deliberations which culminated in the award of the contract.
He, however, urged the company to live up to its promise of ensuring seamless internet connectivity to the school.
The renewal of the contract after its initial five years, the Vice-Chancellor noted will be dependent of the kind of service MTN provides to the school.
Mr Daniel Asare, ICT-Sales and Business Development and Enterprise Division at MTN, thanked the University for giving the company an opportunity to serve.
He pledged MTN’s commitment to providing a high speed internet service and connectivity at the lecture halls of the university.
This, he stressed was important since both lecturers and students now depended on the internet for research and studies.
Mr Asare disclosed MTN will be offering the WIFI service to five selected lecture halls for free and would in future seek to extend the service to the rooms and hostels of university students at KNUST.