Expresso Ghana (Kasapa Telecom) has been ‘remodelled’ to potentially host mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) once the relevant authorisations have been awarded by telecoms watchdog the National Communications Authority (NCA), domestic news source Adom Business reports. According to a ‘highly placed source within the industry’, the restructuring of the Ghanaian operator allegedly forms ‘a major part of how the company was pitched for sale’. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate in August 2014, Expresso’s parent company Sudatel Telecom Group (STG) agreed to sell its shares in the Ghanaian mobile unit during the second quarter of 2014 for an undisclosed sum. Further, the source disclosed that the process of delivering the company to the new unnamed buyer ‘is currently ongoing in an offshore deal between Sudan and Dubai’. Meanwhile, the NCA, which is currently said to be updating the licence categorisation process by including MVNO services within its scope, is reportedly planning to issue three MVNO licences by the end of the year.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Expresso is the country’s sole CDMA operator, launching nationwide CDMA2000 1x services over infrastructure provided by ZTE in September 2005. Expresso, however, has failed to gain much ground against its competitors; by end-June 2014 it had 127,505 subscribers on its books, giving it a market share of 0.4%, placing it firmly at the bottom of the pile with its closest competitor – fifth largest player by subscribers Glo Mobile Ghana – claiming to have signed up 1.371 million users for a 4.7% market share at that date.