Mobile telecommunications network, MTN operated by Scancom Ghana limited has emerged as the winner in the auction process for one frequency spectrum lot in the 800 MHz Band for mobile services, the National Communications Authority (NCA) has announced.
This is the result of the process which begun early this year in May. Four (4) companies submitted applications, however, three (3) companies were unsuccessful in their efforts.
Prior to MTN winning the license, the company on several occasions expressed its interest in acquiring the 4G license not only because it has the capacity to operate the spectrum but also it will afford them the opportunity to deliver unparalleled service to their over 15 million subscribers.
In a statement issued by MTN on November 26 2015 stated that;
“By December 2013, MTN subscribers in 170 districts were enjoying fast, reliable data services, ahead of the January 2014 deadline for the rollout condition to cover 170 districts with 3G services within five years, with some MTN subscribers in some metropolitan districts enjoying speeds up to 42 Mbps.
Beyond using 2100 MHz spectrum for 3G services, MTN has embarked on using 900 MHz within technological innovations to provide 3G services to more locations in Ghana”.
The 4G LTE network is an improved technology of 2G and 3G technologies in which users of smart phones which are compatible to the 4G LTE will be able to experience much better services than what 2G and 3G provides.
MTN and other companies applied to the NCA to be licensed in order for them to operate the spectrum and the companies that were able to meet the 9 November, 2015 deadline are Scancom Ghana Limited, operators of MTN; Surfline Communications Limited; Goldkey Telecom Limited and the Migson Communications Limited.
The transparent process which was conducted under high security was overseen and managed by an independent auctioneer, KPMG saw Scancom Limited operators of MTN being awarded provisional license of one of the 2 x 10 MHz in the 800 MHz Band, pending their fulfillment of other requirements.
NCA will in due course take a decision on the other unallocated block.