#PressRelease: NCA GIVES APPROVAL FOR AIRTEL‐TIGO MERGER

Accra, 2nd October, 2017 – The National Communications Authority has given approval for the
merger between Bharti Ghana Limited (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana Limited (Tigo) to proceed
subject to some conditions. This merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest
mobile network operations in the country.

The merger, which was first announced in March this year, required the regulator to conduct a
comprehensive analysis of the application and the regulatory ecosystem.
To ensure efficient and equitable distribution and access to the spectrum, the merged entities
will have to submit a network integration plan to the Authority which will indicate how they
intend to relinquish portions of their total spectrum allocation. This, however, will be done in
phases on geographical area basis and over a period not exceeding eighteen (18) months to avoid
disruptions on the network.

On the issue of numbers, the merged entity shall retain all the numbering resources held by the
merging entities. The NCA has also requested the merged entity to submit a plan to educate
customers about changes and related measures within 30 days from date of merger.
The merger approval is also conditioned with an option for Government participation.

Based on agreements which have been accepted by the merging entities and the payment of
relevant fees, a supplementary agreement to the licences of the merging entities will be signed
between the NCA and the merging entities; the day of the signing of the agreement will be the
effective date of the merger. The merged entity will have a 3G Licence valid until 25th January,
2024 while their 2G Licence will be valid until 30th October, 2021.

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The NCA wishes to assure all stakeholders, especially consumers, that their various interests will
be protected and that the Authority will endeavor to maintain stability within the industry.

Issued by the National Communications Authority,
No. 6 Airport City, Accra.
Tel: (0)30 – 2776621/2771701 or 050‐145‐1522/3.
E‐mail: info@nca.org.gh
Date – Monday, 2nd October, 2017

Editor’s Note
About NCA
The National Communications Authority, (NCA), was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 524
in December 1996, which has been repealed and replaced by the National Communications
Authority Act, 2008 (Act 769). The Authority is the statutory body mandated to license and to
regulate electronic communication activities and services in the country.

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