In liberalising and deregulating its telecommunications sector, Ghana proved to be one of the pioneering countries within African. The privatisation of Ghana Telecom (GT) in 1996 was the catalyst for an extraordinary growth in market competition across the mobile, internet and fixed-line sectors. Following the exit of the initial investor in GT, the company was re-privatised to Vodafone in 2008. The second national operator, Westel, was also re-privatised, in 2007, becoming a member of the Zain Group, one of Africa’s leading mobile operators. The Group was taken over by Bharti Airtel of India in 2010. The arrival of an additional two new international submarine fibre optic cables in 2012 and 2013 has significantly increased international bandwidth, and has added considerable competition to a sector previously dominated by GT through its interest in the SAT-3/WASC cable. Augmented international connectivity combined with the roll out of national fibre backbone networks by a number of players is continuing to revolutionise the country’s broadband market and pave the way for the convergence of technologies and services.
Fifth international submarine fibre optic cable launched in May 2013; Ghana Information Communication Technology Council to be set up to guide the ICT sector; fibre optic backbone network in the Eastern Corridor opens; continuing influence of fixed-mobile substitution; regulator’s market data to July 2013; telcos’ operating data to Q2 2013; market developments to September 2013.
Companies covered in this report:
Vodafone (Ghana Telecom); Telkom Malaysia; Telenor; Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel); Capital Telecom; Globacom, Main One; VoltaCom; Phase3 Telecom; Suburban Telecom.