Netherlands-based start-up Afrimax Group is exploring the possibility of launching 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Ghana, according to a report by Adom News, citing ‘reliable information’ from an industry source. While the company’s precise plans remain unclear, it has been suggested that Afrimax could bid for 4G-suitable spectrum that will become available as a result of the country’s planned digital terrestrial migration. The spectrum has been valued at USD92 million, but any participating bidder must be at least 40% locally owned.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate in November 2014 Afrimax and UK-based Vodafone Group announced a strategic framework agreement, under which the duo will ‘cooperate and explore opportunities for Partner Market agreements in [sub-Saharan Africa].’ Previously, in September 2014, Afrimax claimed to hold licences and spectrum in 14 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, with plans underway to secure a further seven concessions. Afrimax has a Netherlands-registered business in Ghana, but Adom News has established that the company is not currently in possession of an operating licence.
Meanwhile, possible takeover targets in Ghana could include Surfline Communications, which launched 4G in August 2014, and Blu Telecoms, which switched on its own TD-LTE network in November 2014.