Vodafone Ghana has successfully secured an upgrade to a 2x5MHz frequency spectrum in the 800 MHz band required for mobile services. With this new development, Vodafone Ghana will be able to provide 4G Mobile Services Nationwide.
This license to operate a 4G Spectrum Cost the ISP an amount of $30 million. This clearly means that Vodafone will be able to provide better internet services to consumers
According to citinewsroom, after the successful negotiations of this deal, National Communications Authority (NCA) announced in a statement. They noted in that this processes began in September, 2018 when the NCA published a Request for Applications (RFA) and made available three lots of 2x5MHz in the 800MHz band.
Two (2) companies submitted bids for 4G spectrum with Vodafone emerging as the only successful applicant.
Sale of the Spectrum to Vodafone
The sale of the Spectrum is in line with Section 58 of Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775 on Spectrum Management, which highlights the NCA’s mandate and the options for Frequency Assignment.
MTN purchased the initial of two 4G licenses in 2015 at a cost of 67.5 million dollars.
They also stated again that three other companies; Surfline, Goldkey and Migson communications; all indigenous ISPs were not successful in their respective bids.
The sale of the Spectrum is in line with Section 58 of Electronic Communications Act 2008, Act 775 on Spectrum Management which highlights the NCA’s mandate and the options for Frequency Assignment.