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Ghanaian government clears Glo Mobile’s concerns

Nigeria-based Globacom’s subsidiary, Glo Mobile, has finally got the government's clearance to carry out uninterrupted business in Ghana

Glo Mobile Ghana is all set to roll out full-fledged services with the government clearing its concerns.
Glo Mobile Ghana is all set to roll out full-fledged services with the government clearing its concerns.

Ghana's Business Day newspaper quoted the Minister of Trade and Industry, Hanna S Tetteh, as saying that Ghanaian start-up Glo Mobile Ghana is ‘free to do business in Ghana', ending long-running speculation on its Nigerian parent, Globacom's, future in the country.

Earlier this year, Globacom, which is itself majority owned by Nigerian petrochemical firm Conpetro, a venture of the entrepreneur Mike Adenuga, threatened to exit Ghana in the face of what it termed ‘interests' seemingly  targeted on sabotaging its nationwide launch plans.

The newspaper also quoted the minister as saying that all obstacles to Glo Mobile's operations in Ghana have now been removed. "To the best of my knowledge from the communications authorities, there were two issues with regards to Glo Mobile. The frequency that they were assigned to was not available because it was being partially used by the national security apparatus. But that frequency has been available to them since January, and so at the moment if they want to start their business it is possible for them to do so," added Tetteh.

Tetteh also went on to clarify that the issue surrounding the erection of telecom towers by Glo Mobile was not meant to ban them, but as of last year the ban was on the industry as a whole because of the quality of the infrastructure and the hazardous way they were being put up in all sorts of locations.

Glo Mobile Ghana initially paid $50.1 million licence fee for rights to become Ghana's sixth mobile operator, according to the research firm TeleGeography.

With Globacom already launching its Glo-1 fibre optic connectivity cable in Ghana, which is expected to carry huge internet bandwidth from Nigeria, through Ghana, to Western Europe and vice versa, it is to automatically give Glo Mobile Ghana access to exceptional internet connectivity speeds. Ghana already has a fibre SAT3, which is shared amongst most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country, and with Glo-1, which is solely owned by Globacom, it is expected to have more than five times more capacity than SAT3.