By Fred Sarpong
About 26,086,795 mobile lines have been registered in Ghana, according to the National Communications Authority (NCA), the regulator of the telecom industry as at the end of January 2013.
Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), Vodafone, Tigo, Airtel, Glo and Expresso were the mobile companies contributed to the total figure of 26,086,795.
According to NCA figures, MTN is still dominates the industry and has maintained its position as the market leader with a subscriber base of 11,857,772, representing 45.45% of total mobile lines in Ghana.
Vodafone Ghana is the second largest mobile operator in Ghana, with subscriber lines of 5,423,932, which represents 20.69% of total mobile lines.
Milicom Ghana, the operators of Tigo mobile had a subscriber base 3,669,472, which represents 14.07% of the market, while Airtel increased its subscriber base to 3,273,048 representing 12.55% of the total market share.
Glo mobile also increased its current subscriber base which, at 1.65 million, represents 6.32% of the market share, while Expresso lines were 212,804. Expresso’s figure represents 0.81% of the total mobile market share.
The total penetration of telephone access lines, including fixed lines (26,375,058) stands at 106.95%. But total penetration for mobile lines (26,086,795) is 105.79% and 1.17% recorded for fixed lines (288,263) penetration. All these figures are based on a population of 24,658,823.
As at the end of the months of January, this year the number of fixed lines in the country was 288,263 access lines, representing 1.09% of the total market share of 26,375,058 total access lines, while mobile lines overwhelmingly by dominated with 98.91% market share.
Vodafone Ghana remains the major fixed line operator with a market share of 96.49% with 278,149 lines, as compared to total fixed lines of 288,263 in the country. Airtel has just a few subscribers on its fixed lines of 10,114, representing 3.51% of the total fixed lines. Total fixed lines at the end of January, this year were 288,263.
In terms of percentage growth from January 2012 till January 2013, MTN mobile lines went up by 1.57% from 10,249,528 to 11.86 million by the end of January, this year. Vodafone had percentage growth of 1.25% from 4,340,905 in January 2012 to 5,423,932 a year later.
Within the period, Tigo also recorded percentage growth of 0.97% from a figure of 3,766,538 in January 2012 to 3,669,472 in January, this year. The lines of Airtel have percentage growth of 1.20%, from 2,725,128 mobile lines to 3,273,048 recorded in January 2013.
The lines of Expresso, the only CDMA network operator recorded a percentage growth of 1.16% from a figure of 183,607 at the end of January 2012 to 212,804 by ending of January 2013.
Glo Mobile increased it lines at the end of January, this year from last year May figure of 468,508, when the company started operation to 1,649,767, representing 3.52% growth.
The percentage growth for fixed lines in the country as at January 2013 was 1.04% percentage growth, from 276,808 January 2012 to 288,263 at the end of January, this year.
Airtel fixed lines percentage growth was 0.94% from a figure of 10,763 in January 2012 to 10,114 in January 2013. Vodafone on the other hand had percentage growth of 1.04% from 266,045 lines to 278,149 lines in January 2013.