As the National Communications Authority (NCA) is still studying their documents, officials of Nigerian Telecommunications giant, GLOBACOM, are confident they would soon be granted a license to operate in Ghana.
The NCA is yet to come out with an official position on the deal.
Globacom says it is bent on ruling the African telecommunications market and it believes Ghana is an excellent destination to enhance their effectiveness.
The company was granted a license last month in Benin after it emerged tops in a keen contest in which several telecom operators participated. Sources close to Globacom say it was preferred ahead of the other bidders because of its technical superiority.
The source added that the Beninoise government was also swayed by Globacom’s demonstrable ability to commence services within sixty days, a key requirement of the Benin’s telecom authorities.
The Manager in charge of Events and Sponsorship at GLOBACOM, Olayinka Atande, said they will certainly make an appearance in Ghana since the country has established itself as a reliable business destination. ‘Any thriving company which does not see the essence in establishing in Ghana is not serious’, he said.
In a related development, mobile operators MTN, Vodacom, Celtel and Orange are among the mobile operators planning to invest a tune of U.S.$50 billion in the expansion and enhancement of their networks.
The GSM Association (GSMA) announced at the ‘Connect Africa’ summit held in Kigali, Rwanda that the mobile industry plans to invest heavily in sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years to provide more than 90 percent of the population with mobile coverage.
The GSM Association is the global trade association representing more than 700 GSM mobile phone operators across 218 countries and territories of the world.
Tanzania’s Vodacom and MTN who operate in Uganda and Rwanda are GSMA subscribers. Celtel a subsidiary of the Kuwait-based Zain Group also connects three of the East Africa countries to the GSMA. There are more than 150 million mobile subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa today.
However, a further 350 million people have mobile coverage and are not yet directly connected.
It is against this background that the sub-Saharan mobile industry players are focused on using its economies of scale to connect these people. As the number of users grow, so too will economic prosperity.
Since sub-Saharan governments began liberalising their telecommunications sectors at the turn of the new millennium, the GSMA estimates that the mobile industry has invested $35 billion, providing more than 500 million people (67% of the population) in sub-Saharan Africa with mobile coverage.