MTN Ghana withdraws SMP legal challenge

15 Oct 2020

MTN Ghana has withdrawn its legal challenge against the National Communications Authority’s (NCA’s) decision to classify it as a significant market power (SMP) operator. The company said it hopes its withdrawal of the suit filed at the Supreme Court on 4 September will pave the way for further discussions and an amicable resolution to the dispute. ‘MTN Ghana identifies that a collective goodwill and commitment is necessary to help the entire industry thrive and support the government’s agenda to enhance connectivity and the availability of communication services in the country. We are convinced that this decision is in the best interest of our cherished customers, shareholders and other stakeholders,’ the statement added.

MTN filed an application with the Supreme Court after losing a previous high court challenge against the NCA’s assessment of its market position. The regulator designated MTN as an operator with SMP in June and announced plans to implement a series of measures to ensure a level playing field for other network operators.