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NCA approves Starlink’s satellite broadband application

NCA approves Starlink’s satellite broadband application

Ghana News, Science & Technology
The National Communications Authority (NCA) says it has approved Space X Starlink GH LTD, the operator of Starlink Satellite Broadband, to provide Satellite Broadband Services in Ghana. A terse statement issued by the NCA on Thursday, April 25 to announce the approval, said the approval of the application follows the policy approval of the satellite licensing framework in Ghana by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and that “The administrative processes towards the issuance of the license is ongoing and will be completed shortly.” The deal which involves the acquisition of a significant stake in Ghana's telecommunications infrastructure by a foreign entity, underwent scrutiny to ascertain its alignment with existing regulatory frameworks and its potential to...
Internet Disruptions: Freight Forwarders in Tema demand waivers on demurrages due to delays

Internet Disruptions: Freight Forwarders in Tema demand waivers on demurrages due to delays

Ghana News
Importers and freight forwarders at the Tema Port are demanding waivers from shipping lines for rent, storage, and demurrages caused by delays in clearing cargo. These delays are attributed to disruptions in internet services nationwide. Ghana has been experiencing such disruptions for several days, attributed by the National Communications Authority (NCA) to outages on multiple submarine fibre optic cables connecting the country. In 2018, the government introduced a paperless system aimed at curbing financial leakages at the ports, implemented by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority. According to freight forwarders and importers, the disruption of internet services, which is crucial for the paperless regime at the ports, has significantly impacted cargo clearance at ...
It may take 5 weeks to restore stable internet – NCA

It may take 5 weeks to restore stable internet – NCA

Africa News, Ghana News, Science & Technology
Ghanaians battling interruptions from their data service providers may have to wait for at least, another five weeks. This is because that is how long the National Communication Authority (NCA) estimates it may take for the faulty undersea cables to be restored, bringing back stable connections in the affected countries The NCA made this known in a press release on Saturday, March 16, 2024. This was after a meeting with the four subsea cable landing service providers (ACE, MainOne, SAT-3 and WACS). It comes three days after data services from most of the telecommunications companies shut down, impacting people and businesses in some African countries including Ghana. South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Benin, and Burkina Faso are among other nations bearing the bru...
Undersea fibre optic disruptions affect internet service in Ghana

Undersea fibre optic disruptions affect internet service in Ghana

Ghana News, Science & Technology
There is a nationwide internet disruption in Ghana and according to the National Communications Authority (NCA), it is due to outages on multiple submarine fibre optic cables that connect Ghana. The NCA in a press statement explained that multiple undersea cable disruptions have affected Mobile and Fixed Data services nationwide in Ghana. It said the disruptions affecting the multiple undersea cables responsible for carrying international traffic have occurred in Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire. There are also some disruptions in Portugal, it added.  This has led to a significant degradation of data services across Ghana. "It is important to note that the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) are working around the clock to restore full services. In addition, the MNOs have informed a...
MTN Ghana blocks 4.8 million users

MTN Ghana blocks 4.8 million users

Ghana News
MTN Ghana blocked 4.8 million subscribers who failed to re-register their SIMs with the Ghana card. The move is in compliance with the directive from the National Communications Authority. According to the telecom giant, its subscriber base decreased by 6.3% to 26.8 million at the end of 2023. MTN Ghana blocked 5.4 million SIMs that were not registered with the Ghana card as of May 31, 2023. Six hundred thousand SIMs of the blocked cohort were however re-registered. The NCA through the telecom operators in October 2021 embarked on a nationwide re-registration of all SIM cards using the Ghana National ID card. The exercise was completed at the end of May 2023.
NCA introduces technology neutrality to address Significant Market Power

NCA introduces technology neutrality to address Significant Market Power

Ghana News, Science & Technology
The National Communications Authority (NCA) has taken a significant step towards correcting market imbalances and boosting consumer choice in the telecommunications sector with the introduction of technology neutrality for non-SMP operators.  According to the Authority, “This initiative will grant Vodafone and AT the authorisation to re-farm their spectrum assignment in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, and 2100MHz bands to provide 4G services, subject to paying an annual premium.”  Technology neutrality is one of the remedial actions to address Significant Market Power (SMP) concerns. The benefits of Technology Neutrality include the opportunity for operators who do not currently have 4G services to deploy it within their current spectrum assignment, levelling the playing field and...
NCA to deactivate and remove active unregistered SIM cards today

NCA to deactivate and remove active unregistered SIM cards today

Ghana News, Headlines Today
All active and unregistered SIM cards are to be deactivated and removed today [May 31] due to a directive from the National Communications Authority (NCA). The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced the commencement of the re-registration of all mobile SIM cards on October 1, 2021, and the exercise was expected to have lasted for a period of six months but was extended several times for tangible challenges faced by SIM card users. Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia had earlier explained that the re-registration exercise was to rid the country’s cyberspace of fraud, monitor and track down persons who use their phones for criminal activities. The Vice President’s comments were corroborated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. George ...
SIM Card registration: Telcos start blocking subscribers in phases

SIM Card registration: Telcos start blocking subscribers in phases

Ghana News
Telecommunications companies (Telcos) in the country have begun blocking SIM cards of mobile subscribers yet to register their SIM cards. The exercise is in compliance with a recent directive from the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization. The telcos are AirtelTigo, MTN, and Vodafone. “On November 11, 2022 the Ministry announced some measures to be implemented by Operators. Since the 20th of November 2022 our members have been blocking data services for all subscribers who have only completed stage 1 (linkage to Ghana Card) but not stage 2 (biometric capture) of the SIM registration process, as directed by the Ministry”, a statement from the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications said. “The Chamber is encouraging all subscribers who have acquired Ghana cards but are yet to c...

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