The number of mobile phone users in Ghana reached 24.4 million through the end of August, the country’s National Communications Authority (NCA) reported on Wednesday.
It said that as a result, overall penetration in the country is nearing the 100 percent mark, as the country’s population is 24.97 according to World Bank figures.
“MTN had 11.02 million subscribers, maintaining its position as market leader with 45 percent of total market share. Vodafone Ghana saw a rise to 4.90 million subscribers, representing 20 percent of the market. Tigo Ghana had a marginal subscriber base decrease to 3.68 million, which represents 15 percent of the market,” the report said in detailing the subscribers.
Airtel also increased its subscriber base to 3.04 million, or 12 percent of the country’s market.
“Glo had 1.61 million subscribers or 7 percent of the market. Expresso Telecom saw a fall to 178,799 or 1 percent of the market,” the report said.
At a press briefing to announce the statistics, the NCA said it hopes that the new figures will entice operators to continue to deliver positive service to their customers as the country looks to advance coverage of mobile networks to rural areas. The country has already begun implementing a new fiber optic system to reach villages in the West African country.
The government also said it was boosting e-government services to enhance the IT sector across the country.