MTN Ghana has said it is working on the launch of 4G services in Ghana, having won a $67.5 million licence in the country’s 800-MHz auction.
The mobile operator said it has agreed to pay$67.5 million for its licence and 2 x 10 MHz of 800-MHz spectrum, which it will receive from Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) once it has transferred the money.
The NCA announced a fortnight ago that MTN, via its Scancom unit, was the only winner in the 800-MHz contest, but it did not disclose the price of the licences.
“The award of this licence will enable MTN Ghana to launch 4G/LTE services to support the increasing demand of data services and improve customers’ data usage experience,” the telco said.
As it stands, the telco said it is able to provide 2G and 3G voice and data services to customers using 900-MHz, 1800-MHz and 2.1-GHz spectrum, but the terms of those spectrum licences mean they cannot be extended to cover LTE services.
Ghana’s 4G regulations require licensees to have a minimum 35% Ghanaian ownership within 13 months of the licence date.
MTN said it is “exploring various options” to comply with that rule.
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