Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has issued a request for applications for three new telecoms licences, namely: a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) concession, a ‘fixed access service of a unified access service licence’ and an international wholesale carrier (IWC) permit. The NCA invites applications from entities registered under the Ghana Companies Code of 1963, Act 179. Applications for each of the above licences must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of GHS150,000 (USD45,321).
The MVNO licence costs GHS1.2 million for a five year term, the IWC service licence costs GHS1 million (also for five years) and the fixed access service licence is priced at GHS600,000 per year. MVNO and IWC licences applicants are required to be at least 70% Ghanaian-owned, with the IWC licence holder obliged to provide a point of presence (PoP) and connect directly to a licensed international gateway operator; the unified service licence targets existing mobile network operators (MNOs) who wish to expand their services.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the NCA opened a public consultation into the potential award of the licences in November last year.