Under the country's communications laws, an operator controlling more than 40% of the sector is deemed an SMP – and limiting growth is exactly what the regulator wants to happen. The decision has already been upheld by a lower court.
Leveling the playing field
The regulator said at the time the mobile market showed a "worrying trend … which demands immediate action to correct the growing market imbalance and creation of a near monopoly in the telecoms sector".
"The dictates of the dominant operator militates against effective competition and impacts negatively upon investment in the sector".
Measures proposed by the NCA include minimum and maximum pricing, and a national roaming scheme.
In its Q2 results statement, MTN Group said its Ghana unit was a "responsible market player in a highly competitive market and does not engage in anti-competitive behaviour" adding it would call for judicial review to ensure "the requirements of procedural fairness are observed and that the applicable legislation and global industry best practices are followed."
Safaricom is launching an M-Pesa 'super-app' which will let SMEs create their own business apps within the mobile money ecosystem, according to CIO, George Njuguna, who was speaking at East Africa Com.
Africa was the birthplace of Mobile Money and while it continues to rise in popularity, the industry is quickly evolving and launching more mobile-based financial services every day. In this Connecting Africa online event, local analysts and industry stakeholders will discuss how telcos are disrupting the financial services space and what the rise of Mobile Money 2.0 will look like for Africa.
From cash to mobile: heading towards a cashless society
Expanding MFS offerings beyond mobile money transfers
MNOs vs banks vs fintechs: an evolving competitive landscape
Unconnected and unbanked: fintech to improve financial inclusion
The rise of micro-loans and insurance through mobile platforms
Africa has the fastest growing population in the world and also the youngest, with 60% of Africans under the age of 25. It is clear that the next billion connected are going to be the mobile-only generation. This digital symposium will bring industry experts together to discuss Africa’s digital divide and how to get devices into the hands of young Africans and empower them to join the digital revolution.
Who’s Driving? The role of government & regulator, private tech companies, and public-private partnerships
Device affordability: are we reaching a tipping point?
Status check: Satellite vs Fiber and the enduring infrastructure gap
Exploring the wider societal and economic benefits of a connected, digitally literate continent