Government to break MTN's monopoly in the telecom industry

Government to break MTN's monopoly in the telecom industry

- NCA is set to implement measures to provide a level-playing field for all network operators in the telecommunications sectors

- This will help break the dominance of MTN Ghana in the telecom sector

- The intervention by government would also help resolve the disparities in market share and revenue share in the sector

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The National Communications Authority is set to implement measures to provide a level-playing field for all network operators in the telecom sectors.

This, according to the NCA, is to help break the dominance of MTN in the telecommunications sector in Ghana.

In a report filed by Citinews, the growth of MTN in the telecom space has negatively impacted the consumption pattern of customers and competition among the industry players.

The intervention by government will help resolve the disparities in market share and revenue share in the sector to a large extent.

Government to break MTN's monopoly in the telecom industry

Photo of an MTN office Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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“The policy directive is motivated by evidence of a growing market imbalance and creation of a near-monopoly in the telecom sector,” the statement noted.

The NCA fears that the imbalance will expose the country to the dictates of the dominant operator and negatively impact on competition and choice for the consumer as well as investments.

Government revealed that Statistics available indicated that MTN has almost 75% of telecommunications market share which is not really fair.

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About a month ago, communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, out of anger, ordered for the closure of the Dansoman Zodiac MTN branch for non-adherence to the social distancing directive.

In a video sighted by YEN.com.gh, the minister chanced upon customers awaiting their turn to be attended to while on her way to her office.

Seated under a canopy outside the Dansoman MTN office, the customers, numbering over 20, were seen seated very close to each other.

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