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Ghana has one of the most vibrant mobile markets in Africa. The first cellular mobile network was launched in sub-Saharan Africa in 1992. There are currently six competing operators, including the regional heavyweights MTN, Vodafone, Bharti Airtel (formerly Zain) and Millicom (Tigo). The entry of Nigeria's Globacom as the sixth player in 2012 delivered further competition to the mix. Although subscriber growth has been strong, particularly in 2015, competition has resulted in lower Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) and consequently operators have been stagnant revenue growth. While the voice market is saturated, 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.
Tigo Ghana and Airtel Ghana announce plans to merge; government re-imposes mobile phone tax; 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, sets to launch LTE services by mid-2016; Vodafone Ghana launches M-PESA service; Tigo Ghana continues tower expansion program; strong increase in mobile number portings; Surfline Communications launches LTE services; 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; report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2016, telcos' operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
MTN Ghana; Vodafone (Ghana Telecom; OneTouch); Millicom Ghana (Tigo); Expresso Telecom (Sudatel, Kasapa); Globacom (Glo Mobile); Bharti Airtel (Zain/Celtel, Westel); Thuraya.
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