The Ghanaian Ministry of Communication says it has helped resolve a long standing interconnection dispute between Ghana Telecom and Areeba, the operators of the Areeba and One Touch mobile networks, respectively. The two cellcos first locked horns on the issue two years ago and have since argued at length over issues of cash balances and interconnectivity. Speaking to the press in the capital Accra yesterday, Albert Kan-Dapaah, the Minister of Communication, said that the problems had been resolved and that any continuing difficulties encountered by subscribers were the result of technical problems, rather than anything to do with interconnection. He went on to say that problems should be expected in every liberalised industry but the important thing was the ability to resolve them for a healthy competition.
The minister added that at the end of 2005 Ghana was home to 2,997,037 fixed and mobile phones, up from1,600,000 at the end of 2004. As a result, teledensity in Ghana now stands at 15%, a significant improvement on the 1% figure recorded at the end of 2000. Mr. Kan-Dapaah went on to confirm that national PTO Ghana Telecom (GT) is now fully owned by the government of Ghana. In 2005, the state completed a settlement agreement with Telekom Malaysia to repurchase the 30% shares held by the Malaysian telco. He said the government hopes to sell a 51% stake in GT to a strategic investor.