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Ghana's telecommunications statistics indicated that as of 2013 there were 26,336,000 cell phone lines in operation. Competition among mobile-phone companies in Ghana is an important part of the telecommunications industry growth of Ghana, with companies obtaining more than 80 per 100 persons as mobile phone and fixed-line phone users.

Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to achieve the connection to the World Wide Web. In 2010, there were 165 licensed internet service providers in Ghana and they were running 29 of the fibre optics. There were 176 authorized networks VSAT operators, of which 57 functioned. Also, 99 internet operators were authorized to the public, and private data and packet-switched network operators were 25.

In order to obtain a sim card, it’s imperative to register by submitting an official ID or passport to the mobile phone provider.

 

Telephone Services

Is there an existing landline telephone network?

Yes 

Does it allow international calls?

Yes 

On average, number and length of downtime periods

1 in 4 months but takes a long time to be restored

Mobile phone providers

MTN, Vodafone, Airtel, Tigo, Glo, Expresso,

Estimated availability and coverage

MTN has the widest coverage with 50% of the nation's customer population, followed by Vodafone and Airtel.

 

For more information, please see the following attachment: Mobile Voice Subscription Trends

Telecommunication Regulations

The National Communications Authority Act 2008, is an Act to establish the National Communications Authority as the central body to license and regulate communications activities and services in the country and to provide for related purposes. All communications equipment imports require a clearance letter from the National Communications Authority. Securing a clearance letter prior to importation can help avoid delays at the port of entry.  

Regulations

Regulations on usage or import of:

Yes / No

Regulating Authority

Satellite

Yes

 National Communication Authority

HF Radio

Yes 

 National Communication Authority

UHF/VHF/HF radio: handheld, base and mobile

Yes 

 National Communication Authority

UHF/VHF repeaters

Yes

 National Communication Authority

GPS

No

 

VSAT

Yes 

 National Communication Authority

Frequency Licenses Required: Yes 

Existing Humanitarian Telecoms Systems

Security communications are managed by UNDSS. UN agencies have their individual VHF and HF frequencies; however, all agencies' primary rest channel is UNDSS. The UN agencies are currently working on inter-agency implementation of a digital radio network that will still be monitored and managed by UNDSS. Regarding VSAT, agencies have their individual VSAT.

Existing UN Telecommunication Systems

Organisations 

UNDP

WFP

UNICEF

UNHCR

FAO

WHO

VHF frequencies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HF frequencies

Yes

Yes

UNDSS

UNDSS

UNDSS

UNDSS

Repeaters (Locations)

UNDSS

 

UNDSS

UNDSS

UNDSS

UNDSS

VSAT

 Yes

 Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes