Glo Mobile backs out of co-trenching agreement

2 Dec 2013

Ghana’s Minister of Communications Dr Edward Omane Boamah has accused Glo Ghana, which became the country’s fifth mobile network operator after launching commercially in April 2012, of breaching a co-trenching agreement on the ongoing Awoshie-Pokuase road project in Accra between the country’s five network operators and Ghana’s Department of Roads, news agency AllAfrica reports. According to the article, in 2012 Ghanaian telcos MTN Ghana, Vodafone, Airtel, Tigo and Glo Ghana signed an agreement with the National Engineering Coordinating Team (NECT) to deploy infrastructure along the ongoing 15km Awoshie-Pokuase route while the road is under construction. Under the agreement, the telcos must lay horizontal ducts of 3km each in a single trench at a cost of USD100,000 per operator.

Glo Mobile, however, has reportedly decided to opt out of the agreement after MTN, Vodafone, Tigo and Airtel have all completed their share of the infrastructure project. Ghana’s Department of Roads is understood to be considering ‘hard line action’ against the cellco for breaching its agreement. Further, it has emerged that a private company — Telecoms Channel — has opted to buy the ducts already laid by Glo on that stretch of road, and also provided the remaining 3km to complete the 15km deployment.

The Awoshi-Pokuase road project, which utilises EUR92.5 million (USD125.86 million) funding provided by the African Development Bank (ADB) and the French Development Agency (AFD), is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.