4G In Ghana Merge for 4G spectrum – Analyst tells telcos

A telecom analyst, Fouad Chaalabi explained that a merger by the telcos for the purchase will lead to better network opportunities in the country.

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A telecom analyst, Fouad Chaalabi has called on telcos to merge and purchase the second 4G license being offered by government.

He explained that a merger by the telcos for the purchase will lead to better network opportunities in the country.

Currently, MTN Ghana is the only telecommunication network that has purchased the 4G license at $67.5 million.

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The other telcos have indicated that they have no interest in the bloc because of the cost.

Chaalabi however, encouraged telcos to acquire the 4G license.

“I think this is the best way of doing it but it depends on the two. You know merger is like a marriage so you need to find your better match.”

“But I think what the ministry should do is to encourage the Telcos in order to present the opportunity. At the end of the day, this change in the market is been due because MTN has got the 4G so the balance now has changed. None of them needed it at the time but now the one who got the 4G is the dominant operator and they have paid for it so now the others feel the threat more,” he stated.

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Communications Minister Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful said earlier that government will not reduce the cost of the 4G spectrum.

She argued that the cost was reasonable since the profit is worth the investment.

4G is the short name for fourth-generation wireless, the stage of broadband mobile communications that supercedes the third generation (3G).

Some benefits of the 4G network include quick download of files over a wireless network, gives extremely high voice quality, its easy access to internet, IM, social networks, streaming media, it enables video calling and gives higher bandwidth.

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