The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has announced the setting of new telecoms interconnect termination rates to replace the existing regime, which was set up in 2008 and expired on 31 December 2011. The watchdog says the new framework, which entered into effect on 1 January this year, was decided upon following consultation with operators and as a result of the NCA’s own assessment of market conditions there. In its statement the regulator confirmed that from the start of this year:
• A single 24-hour interconnection rate shall be applicable;
• The interconnect termination rates for voice calls originating from fixed and mobile networks in Ghana shall be charged at GHS0.05 (USD0.03) for 2012, and will glide to GHS0.045 and GHS0.04 in 2013 and 2014 respectively;
• The interconnect termination rate for SMS on all mobile networks in Ghana will cost GHS0.007 for 2012, and glide to GHS0.006 and GHS0.005 in 2013 and 2014 respectively;
• The incoming international transit interconnect termination rate for all calls shall be maintained at its current rate in accordance with the Electronic Communications (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act 786).
The NCA’s statement goes on to say: ‘Furthermore, after further consideration of industry dynamics, the NCA hereby implements asymmetric interconnect termination rate for voice calls as a catalyst to further deepen competition in the market. This asymmetric interconnect termination rate regime applies to new entrants as well as operators with less than 5% of subscriber market share.’
‘Consequently, asymmetric interconnect termination rate regime has been considered for Glo Mobile and Espresso (formerly Kasapa Telecom) at GHS0.04 for a period of 24 months. This takes effect from 1 January 2012 … Notwithstanding the above condition, should either of the two Operators attain a subscriber market share of 5% before the expiry of the 24-month stipulated period that operator shall cease to enjoy this consideration,’ it added.