Mobile operator MTN Ghana won the bid for 4G telecommunications license in Ghana, launched by the National Communications Authority (NCA). MTN Ghana beating four other bid-runners was awarded the 15 years 4G/LTE license in 800 MHz in spectrum band for $67.5 million.
The company expressed its interest in 4G technology during a press conference organized before receiving the license. The group’s CEO, Ebenezer Twum Asante, highlighted that the company was already prepared to deploy 4G in the country.
He explained that MTN Ghana would offer a better experience to its customers. “For either individuals or firms, connectivity is now available on all sorts of devices and this is what gives rise to a need for more significant capacities to meet the high data consumption thus meeting consumers’ needs”, he said, “4G comes to unclog already saturated 2G and 3G networks.”
MTN Ghana has more than 15 million subscribers at the end of the third quarter of 2015. Data revenue increased 78.6% year-on-year for the nine months period ended 30 September 2015 and contributed 28.7% to total revenue. For the same period the operation had approximately 3 million smart-phones on its network.
Previously, MTN Ghana was only able to provide 2G and 3Gservices (voice and data) to its customers using 900Mhz, 1800Mhz and 2100Mhz spectrum which cannot be extended for 4G/LTE technology due to license restrictions.
As part of the license and spectrum conditions, MTN Ghana is required to have a minimum of 35% Ghanaian ownership in place within 13 months from the effective date of the license.
MTN Ghana has already deployed fiber optic cable in several cities. With this 4G license, the group has now been enabled to provide this offer to its customers.