Ghana’s Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has issued a warning to mobile network operators (MNOs) Expresso and Glo Mobile that they risk losing their licences if they fail to meet a 30-day ultimatum given by the ministry with regards to their poor operational performance. According to Ghana Web, Minister Owusu-Ekuful is convinced that the country’s telecoms watchdog the National Communications Authority (NCA) will revoke the licence held by Expresso, stating in an interview: ‘For Expresso. I think the 30 days will end by next week. The letters have gone out. I have just seen a response that they have sent which doesn’t quite address the issues, so I have no doubt that the NCA will proceed to revoke that licence and clean out that space. If that happens, those frequencies will be available for either interested Ghanaians, or other entrants to also come into the market.’
The minister also expressed her surprise at Glo’s poor performance in Ghana, explaining that the ministry has attempted on several occasions to contact Glo to improve its services or risk losing its licence, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Minister Owusu-Ekuful said that the government will auction the remaining 4G spectrum for telcos in June this year.