Ghana to revoke Expresso’s operating licence

22 Aug 2016

Ghana’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), is reportedly mulling the annulment of the operating licence of cellco Expresso (Kasapa Telecom), which is 82% owned by Sudanese-based Sudatel Telecom Group (STG), domestic news source reports. Expresso Ghana has been facing significant liquidity challenges over the past three years and its inability to secure a financial investor has led to drastic drop in the number of subscribers (106,082 at 31 May 2016), equivalent to roughly 0.3% of the market at that date. NCA’s Director for Engineering Henry Kanor said in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM that the continued inactivity of Expresso has taken its toll on the industry stakeholders by creating a deficit in the revenue targets of the regulator and government. The official was cited as stating: ‘The status quo cannot remain the same for long, we want to make sure that customers get the best services, we want to get revenues for government and as regulator we need revenue to survive. We have triggered the regulatory processes to revoke the licence, it is a long process and I cannot say how long it will take but the process will end at a time. And I am optimistic very soon a policy statement would be made on the company.’

Ghana, Kasapa Telecoms (Expresso), National Communications Authority (NCA), Sudatel (Sudani)