Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to liberalise and deregulate its telecommunications sector. Following the privatisation of Ghana Telecom in 1996 there was very rapid growth in market competition across the mobile, internet and fixed-line sectors, with a number of new players being licensed to offer services. Ghana Telecom was acquired by the Vodafone Group in 2009 and rebranded as Vodafone Ghana. It is the principal fixed-line provider and also the second largest player in the mobile services sector. 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, before being sold to Bharti Airtel in 2010. The arrival of two submarine fibre optic cables in 2012 and 2013 significantly increased international bandwidth and led to a reduction in the cost of broadband access. These developments, combined with the roll out of national fibre backbone networks by a number of players, are continuing to revolutionise the country’s broadband market and pave the way for the convergence of technologies and services.
Accra Digital Centre is opened; Google builds out 1,200km of metro-net fibre as part of its Project Link program; Eastern Corridor project completed, work starts on Western Corridor; government planning launch of the Ghanasat 1 satellite in 2020; fifth international submarine fibre optic cable launched; Ghana Information Communication Technology Council to be set up to guide the ICT sector; continuing influence of fixed-mobile substitution; report update includes the regulator’s market data to February 2017, telcos’ operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Vodafone Ghana, Telkom Malaysia, Telenor, Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel), Capital Telecom, Globacom, Main One, VoltaCom, Phase3 Telecom, Suburban Telecom.
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Last updated 4 May 2017
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