Public Information: Declaration of SMP and What it Means
20th June, 2023 – The NCA notes with concern some issues on its declaration of MTN as a Significant Market Power (SMP) in Ghana’s telecommunication industry.
The classification of MTN as an SMP is not a decision taken lightly or without careful consideration. It was based on extensive market research, analysis, and consultations. The NCA, as the regulatory authority, is entrusted with the responsibility of upholding fair competition and safeguarding consumer interests within the telecommunications industry. The classification of MTN as an SMP aligns with the NCA’s mission and fulfills its mandate.
The SMP classification is not intended to punish or stifle MTN’s operations but rather to ensure a level playing field in the market and protect consumer choice. When an operator attains a significant market share and dominance, it has the potential to impact competition negatively, resulting in higher prices, lower quality of service, and reduced innovation. The SMP designation allows the NCA to impose certain regulations and measures on MTN to prevent abuse of its market power and ensure fair competition.
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