Ghana - Mobile Infrastructure, Operators and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Since launching the first cellular mobile network in sub-Saharan Africa in 1992, Ghana has developed one of the continent's most vibrant mobile markets, with six competing operators including regional heavyweights such as MTN, Vodafone, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and Millicom (Tigo). The entry of Nigeria's Globacom as the sixth player in 2012 has delivered another boost to the sector. Subscriber growth, however, has come at the expense of lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU). While the voice market is saturated, there is enormous growth potential in both subscriber and ARPU for mobile broadband services. Mobile broadband already accounts for the vast majority of internet connections in the country.
MTN Ghana secures one of two blocks of spectrum in the 800MHz band; Vodafone Ghana launches M-Pesa; Tigo Ghana continues Phase II of tower expansion program; regulator prepares to licence up to three MVNOs, government agrees to remove 20% tax on smartphone imports; 87% year-on-year increase in mobile number portings; Surfline Communications launches LTE in the capital and in Tema; mobile operators ordered to repeat SIM card registration following widespread use of fake IDs during the process; Thuraya to provide mobile satellite services for Airtel Ghana; ATC Tower and Helios join the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications; Blu Telecoms launches LTE services; regulator's fines on MNOs for QoS issues stimulate additional investments; 3G mobile broadband services representing majority of internet connections; Ericsson supporting Millennium Villages project in rural areas; regulator's corrected market data to March 2015; telcos' operating data to Q2 2015; recent market developments.