Airtel, Tigo merger approval makes merged entity second largest MNO in Ghana - NCA

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s National Communication Authority (NCA) says the approval for Bharti Ghana Limited (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana Limited (Tigo) to merge as one will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operator in the country.

This was contained in a statement issued by the regulator in Accra to officially announce its approval for the merger of Airtel and Tigo.

The merger approval which is also conditional with an option for the government participation is expected to take effect after the merging entities have duly made payments of relevant fees agreed upon.

“Based on agreements which have been accepted by the merging entities and the payment of relevant fees, a supplementary agreement to the licences of the merging entities will be signed between the NCA and the merging entities, the day of the signing of the agreement will be the effective date of the merger. The merger entity will have a 3G Licence valid until 25th January, 2024 while their 2G Licence will be valid until 30th October, 2021,” the statement said.

According to the NCA has requested from the merged entity to submit a plan to educate customers about changes and related measures within 30 days from the date of merger since the merged entity would be made to retain all the numbering resources previously held.

The statement further contended that to ensure efficient and equitable distribution and access to the spectrum, the merged entities will have to submit a network integration plan to the authority which will indicate how they intend to relinquish portions of their total spectrum.

This NCA said, will be done in phases on geographical area basis and over a period not exceeding eighteen months to avoid disruption on the network.

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