MTN Ghana withdraws court case against regulator

MTN Ghana withdraws court case against regulator

MTN Ghana withdrew its case against regulator the National Communication Authority (NCA), which previously deemed the operator as a dominant operator in Ghana putting a strain on competition in the country.

In a statement posted on social media channels, MTN Ghana said progress had been made with the regulator and Ministry of Communication on settlement discussions, leading to the operator to withdraw its case lodged to the Supreme Court in September.

“It is our expectation that this action will pave the way for further discussions and an amicable resolution, in the spirit of the renewed channels of engagement”, the statement read.

The operator noted “collective goodwill and commitment” was needed, to aid the country’s telecoms industry, and support government plans to enhance connectivity and communications services in Ghana. It added the decision to withdraw its court case was in the best interest of customers, shareholders and stakeholders.

The NCA classified MTN Ghana as a Significant Market Power and was poised to place restrictions on the operator, although it did not specify what it was going to enact.

Ghana has the highest mobile penetration in West Africa according to the GSMA, where MTN competes with rivals Vodafone Ghana, AirtelTigo and regional players.