Ghana’s telecoms regulator plans to checkmate the dominance of MTN


In a move to reduce the dominance of its largest mobile carrier, Ghana’s telecommunication regulator, the National Communications Authority, said it will implement a set of policies to reduce the dominance of MTN Group in the country’s telecommunications market.

The NCA said in a statement that: “The National Communications Authority (NCA) will in the coming days begin the implementation of specific policies to ensure a level-playing field for all network operators within the telecommunications industry,” a statement on Saturday said.

The latest data released by the NCA shows that South African company has over 70% of the data market share and nearly 50% of the voice market share, MTN’s dominance in the market could hamper competition while hurting small players including Millicom’s Tigo and Vodafone.

The regulator said it will implement a series of measures including a favourable connection rate for disadvantaged operators, the setting of floor and ceiling pricing on all minutes, data, text messages and mobile money, and ensure the various operator vendors are not subject to exclusionary pricing or behaviour.

However, MTN Ghana said in a statement released on Monday it had not yet received the formal notification from the regulator and was awaiting it to assess the details.

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