Glo Mobile Ghana has been sanctioned to pay an amount of $200,000 for its failure to launch on the stipulated date of April 20, 2012.
The sanction was confirmed by the Communications Minister Haruna Iddrisu, who said: “Glo has no justification not to launch onto the Ghanaian market.”
He added: “The Ghanaian subscribers and consumers anticipating their service can no longer wait.”
The regulator, the National Communications Authority (NCA), gave Glo Ghana up to the end of April to launch or face sanctions ranging from payment of a fine to the withdrawal of its license.
Mr. Iddrisu said Glo Mobile had initially expressed some concerns which they said were hindering them from launching, but Mr. Haruna indicated that “they were required to roll out in at least six regions of Ghana and to be fair to them there were some initial hitches to which government in itself through its actions contributed, we resolved those issues and Glo has no justification for not launching.”
Glo Mobile Ghana, a subsidiary of Globacom International – a Nigerian-based telecom giant is the sixth mobile operator, licensed to operate in Ghana but has continually postponed the launch of its operations for almost five years now.
Glo earlier this year launched its number reservation facility which enables the public to reserve their numbers on the 023-3 number series on the Glo Mobile Ghana Network.
Speaking on Joy FM on Monday, the Communications Minister said: “Government accordingly licensed the sixth mobile operator as part of government’s quest to deepen competition in the telecommunication industry. It thus appears that Glo Mobile is unable to meet some requirements which was part of the Glo Mobile cellular license framework.
“Spectrum space is an asset of the State so accordingly I can confirm to you that the NCA has issued a sanction that Glo Mobile will be required to pay US$ 200, 000 or its equivalent in cedis for failing to provide service at least to six regions within the first three years that they got their license.”
He added: “They assured to roll out April 20. They must take Ghanaian subscribers serious and we need their service to expand access to telecom. Investors must respect the laws of our country. We have been hesitant to have gone this far, but we ultimately must ensure that we deepen competition as we pledged.”