MTN Ghana shies away from commenting on Tigo-Airtel merger
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Following the expression of views and opinions by experts, observers and key stakeholders on the merits and demerits of a Tigo-Airtel Ghana merger in the country’s telecommunications space, industry players including MTN and Vodafone Ghana have zipped their lips refusing to make any utterance concerning the on-going merger yet to be approved by the NCA.
During the early part of March this year, Millicom International Cellular and Bharti Airtel officially announced the consolidation of their operations in Ghana. This development in the Ghanaian telecom space which is the first of its kind in the country has generated a lot of concerns among industry players and observers.
But the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Ebenezer Twum Asante during an interaction in Accra at this year MTN Ghana Stakeholders Forum help at the plush MTN Icon House declined to make any statement with regards to the merger of the two key players in the industry. “I have no answer,” he emphatically stated.
Speaking to Biztechafrica, Mr. Asante explained that concerning the meager issue, it is unethical on his part to state his view on an on-going process involving two main competing brands and express willingness to make his views known at an appropriate time when he is invited by the National Communications Authority (NCA) who is the regulator to do so.
“We are just waiting for the regulator to take a position. We are also waiting for the regulator to solicit our opinion. It is unethical to put out my views on a marriage that is on-going. So I can’t comment on that,” he said.
The merger experts believes will automatically push the upcoming operator to the number two position thereby relegating Vodafone Ghana now occupying the second spot to the number three position.