The National Communications Authority have granted a number of Licences/Authorisations to a number of service providers including Dealers of Communications Equipment and Broadcasting Stations and Mobile Network Operators.
Ghana’s Telecom sector has gone through many phases of growth and diversification over the last two decades. It is presently characterized by vibrant competition and innovative products and services.
The telephony licenses are classified into two (2): fixed and mobile. However, with the introduction of unified licensing, these distinctions no longer exist. Currently, the six (6) mobile telephony licensees have the right to obtain fixed access licenses. When the current licenses expire in 2019, unified access licences will be issued in line with the convergence of fixed and mobile access technologies. the six (6) mobile telephony licensees are as follows:
Ghana Telecom (Vodafone)
Scancom Ghana (MTN)
An ISP is a company that supplies Internet connectivity to home and business customers. ISPs support one or more forms of Internet access, ranging from traditional modem dial-up to DSL and cable modem broadband service to dedicated T1/T3 lines.
More recently, Wireless Internet Service Providers or WISPs have emerged that offer Internet access through wireless LAN or wireless broadband networks.
The registration of an internet service provider expires after five years from the date of registration and may be renewed for periods of five years on application by the service provider.
In addition to the six (6) mobile operators who account for mobile subscription numbers, there are four (4) Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licensees and fifty two (52) authorised Internet Service Providers (ISPs) providing data services in the market.
Broad Band Home (BBH)
Ghana Telecom (Vodafone)
Scancom Ghana (MTN)
Value Added Service (VAS) providers are service providers who offer services which combine applications provided to users with telecommunications, but does not include public electronic communications service. It should be noted that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), per their licences, also provided these VAS.
Value added communications services mean; (a) videotext; (b) teletext; (c) tele-action; (d) telecom; (e) tele-alarm; (f) data storage retransmission; (g) teleprocessing and data processing (h) electronic mail service; (i)voice messaging; (j)text messaging; and (k) any other service classified as value added communications services by the Authority.
A license shall not be required for the establishment or operation of value added services but a provider and an operator of an electronic communications service or network who intends to provide value added services using radio frequency shall apply to the Authority for the right to use the radio frequency for that purpose.
Despite the provision that a licence is not required for the provision of value added service over the public communications system, a person who intends to provide value added service to the public shall before the commencement of the service apply for registration.
Mobile Number Portability in Ghana Passes Two (2) Million
On February 19, 2015 and less than four years since launching, Ghana’s Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service reached the milestone of two million successful porting requests processed for Ghana consumers.
Mobile Number Portability Statistics As Of September 2011
NEWS RELEASE – OCTOBER 3, 2011 The National Communications Authority (NCA) is pleased to report that as of the end of September, 2011, twelve weeks since the commencement of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), a total of 105,678 mobile phone subscribers in Ghana had taken advantage of the MNP system to move from one mobile service provider to another whilst retaining their mobile number.
Mobile Number Portability Statistics As Of August 2011
The National Communications Authority (NCA) is pleased to report that as of the end of August, 2011, eight weeks since the commencement of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) a total of 64,657 mobile phone subscribers had taken advantage of the MNP system to move from one mobile service provider to another whilst retaining their mobile number.
The National Communications Authority is pleased to announce that the group headed by Porting Access bv of the Netherlands (commonly known as PortingXS) along with their local partner, CIS Ghana Limited, has been named the preferred bidder to provide the central equipment and services necessary to implement Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Ghana.
The National Communications Authority in conjunction with industry stakeholders held a workshop at the Coconut Grove Regency hotel to present the formalities of Number Portability in Ghana. The workshop was attended by staff of the NCA, representatives of Mobile Operators, Consultants and the media. Below are details of the presentations that were made at the workshop.
Presentations from the consultant - Les Oliver, Senior Consultant from Interconnect Communications Ltd