The National Communications Authority (NCA) has revealed MTN Ghana as the winner of one lot of 2×10MHz spectrum in the 4G LTE-suitable 800MHz mobile band, pending fulfilment of requirements. The regulator notes that the auction process, which began in May this year, has been managed by independent auctioneer KPMG, with a total of four companies applying for the two lots of 2×10MHz frequencies on offer. The NCA will make a decision on the other unallocated block ‘in due course’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, MTN Ghana, Surfline Communications, Goldkey Telecom and Migson Communications each submitted applications for the frequencies by the 9 November 2015 deadline. The regulator set a minimum reserve price of USD67.5 million, with the licence to be valid for 15 years, and noted that applying entities must be registered under the laws of Ghana and duly certified to operate in Ghana, while entities with foreign ownership – companies, joint ventures or consortia – must have a minimum of 35% Ghanaian ownership. Applicants failing to meet the criteria were requested to submit a letter of commitment to have the minimum 35% Ghanaian ownership in place within 13 months from the licence’s validity date, or otherwise face reduction of two years in their licence duration, plus an additional year for each year in which the threshold is violated.