Vodafone has won one of the 2×5 MHz frequency spectrum block in the 800 MHz Band frequency spectrum block for mobile services.
By this, Vodafone should be providing 4G services for its clients soon.
A statement from the NCA to Citi Business News confirmed the acquisition.
“The National Communications Authority (NCA) announces for the information of the general public that Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited (Vodafone Ghana) has won one (1) lot of 2×5 MHz frequency spectrum block in the 800 MHz Band for mobile services following successful financial negotiations.”
Vodafone is paying thirty million dollars ($30,000,000) for the license.
The NCA in September this year opened for Request for Applications for three lots of 2 by 5 Megahertz in the 800 Megahertz band.
According to the NCA, “two companies submitted applications, with Vodafone emerging as the only successful applicant.”
MTN bought the first of two 4G licenses in 2015 at a cost of 67.5 million dollars.
At the time, three other companies; Surfline, Goldkey and Migson communications; all local companies, were unsuccessful in their bid.
The sale of the Spectrum is in line with Section 58 of Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775 on Spectrum Management which highlights the NCA’s mandate and the options for Frequency Assignment.
By: Pius Amihere Eduku/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana