France’s telecom giant, Orange is expanding to Ghana this year.
This move is being made possible by the latest confirmation of the merger of two of Ghana’s leading telecom companies: Airtel and Tigo.
Bharti Airtel, owners of Airtel Ghana since entering African in 2010 has not been successful in making profit despite all attempts to improve its operations on the continent.
Vodafone Ghana will lose its slot as the second largest telecom operator in Ghana once the merger is consummated. Presently, South Africa-based MTN Ghana has the biggest market share in a highly competitive telecom industry dominated by multinationals.
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Airtel Ghana contributes 6-7 per cent to Bharti Airtel’s Africa revenue, which totalled close to US$900 million for the July-September quarter. Net loss for Airtel’s Africa operations narrowed during the quarter to US$91 million from US$170 million a year earlier.
Ghana is Tigo’s second largest market by subscribers.
According to the September data statistics released by the industry regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), voice subscriber numbers had reached 37,239,720 as of the end of September this year bringing the country’s total penetration rate for the period under review to 133.35 per cent.
Of the total, MTN Ghana maintains its growth trajectory as it saw its voice subscriber figures for the period rise beyond the 18 million mark. Specifically, the company, the only to have acquired a Fourth Generation (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) licence, had 18,050,144 as of the end of September. This its market share at end of the month under review at 48.47 per cent. The second biggest telecom company, Vodafone’s mobile voice subscribers
The second biggest telecom company, Vodafone’s mobile voice subscribers is at 8,158,527 as of the end of September. This represents a market share for September at 21.91 per cent.
tiGO, the third biggest network operator in the country, 5,402,668 as of the end of September 2016. tiGO’s market share for the month under review was 14.51 per cent.
Fourth-placed Airtel’s voice subscribers stands at 4,697,653 as of the end of September. This puts its total market share at 12.61 per cent.
Glo’s voice subscribers is at 828,162 as of the end of September. The company’s total market share for the month under review was at 2.22 per cent. Expresso voice subscribers
Expresso voice subscribers is at 102,566 as of the end of September 2016. This represents a market share of 0.28 per cent.
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