NCA formally notifies Expresso of intention to terminate licence, readies June 4G auction

15 Mar 2018

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has formally notified Kasapa Telecom (Expresso) of its intention to terminate the company’s Mobile Cellular Licence. The move comes after the NCA had warned both Expresso and Glo earlier this year that they were in danger of losing their telecoms licences after their inability to meet their regulatory and licence obligations. Expresso’s Mobile Cellular Licence was issued in December 2004 for a period of 15 years, but now it looks unlikely that the company will have the opportunity to see out this licence period due to expire in December 2019.

In another development, the Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has announced that a 4G auction will take place in June 2018. Currently MTN is the only company in Ghana to commercially offer 4G LTE services, with second largest cellco by subscribers, Vodafone Ghana stating that the initial USD67.5 million cost of the 4G licence is too high and that the company will only bid in the June auction if the price is reduced.

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