Ghana - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Ghana has one of the most vibrant mobile markets in Africa, with six competing operators including the regional heavyweights MTN Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and Millicom (Tigo). In March 2017 the owners of Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana agreed on terms for the merger of these local units, creating the second largest operator in the country by subscribers. Although subscriber growth has remained strong in recent years competition has resulted in lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) and consequently operators have seen stagnant revenue growth. While growth in the voice market has slowed, there is enormous potential in mobile broadband services, both in terms of subscriber additions and in mobile data ARPU. Mobile broadband already accounts for the vast majority of internet connections in the country. The launch of LTE services by MTN Ghana in mid-2016 has added to the vibrancy of this sector.
Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana complete merger; government re-imposes mobile phone tax; Tigo doubles data rates deploying sing HSPA+ technology; Afriwave Telecom licensed to operate as an Interconnect Clearing House for mobile calls; Airtel Ghana partners with Verifone Mobile Money to launch NFC-enabled devices; National Information Technology Agency sets up a mobile TV service; MTN Ghana secures one of two blocks of spectrum in the 800MHz band, launches LTE services; Vodafone Ghana launches M-PESA service; Expresso considers sale of tower assets; strong increase in mobile number portings; Surfline Communications and Blu Telecoms launch LTE services; regulator's fines on MNOs for QoS issues stimulate additional investments; report update includes the regulator's market data to July 2017, telcos' operating data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.