The government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communications and National Communications Authority (NCA) is set in the coming days to begin the implementation of specific policies to ensure a level-playing field for all network operators within the telecommunications industry.
The government has directed the NCA to enforce the provisions of the Electronic Communications (EC) Act 2008 and the National Telecommunications Policy to address glaring disparities in market share and revenue share in the sector–as MTN is currently overwhelmingly leading in the market with almost 75% of telecommunications market share.
According to the government, the Policy Directive is motivated by evidence of a growing market imbalance and creation of a near-monopoly in the telecom sector.
“This imbalance potentially exposes the country to the dictates of the dominant operator and negatively impacts on competition and choice for the consumer as well as investments within the sector.
“The policy is, therefore, aimed at ensuring proper and healthy competition among telecommunications players, secure a much better pricing policy for the consumers and facilitate a sound regulatory regime,” Ursula Owusu, the Communications Minister said in a press release.