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Mobile lines in Ghana increase by 23.12%


By Fred Nana Sarpong
Statistics from the National Communications Authority (NCA), the regulator of the telecom industry, indicates that mobile voice telephone subscribers in Ghana have shown a growth of 23.12%.
This is as a result of February 2013 figures of 26,324,702, compare to February 2012 figures of 21,381,137. This went up by 23.12%.
The contributors of this growth were Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), Vodafone, Tigo, Airtel, Glo and Expresso, the only CDMA network in the country.
MTN Ghana comfortably maintained its position as the leader in the mobile industry. Its subscriber lines went up to 11,941,887, representing growth rate of 15.68% from February 2012 figure of 10,323,334. 
Vodafone’s subscriber base of 4,366,536 in February 2012 increased to 5,551,139 this year, representing 27.13% percentage growth while Tigo’s subscriber base shot up to 3,712,082 representing 0.49% growth rate, from February last year figure of 3,693,999.

Airtel has a subscriber base of 3,341,715, representing 18.77% growth from 2,813,598 recorded last year February. Glo mobile had growth rate of 244.52%, from May last year figure of 468,508 to 1,614,117 recorded in February 2013.
Expresso on the other hand, recorded negative 10.84% from the 183,670 in last year to February 2013 figure of 163,762.
With regard to mobile market share, MTN Ghana commands the lead with 45.36% of total mobile lines 26,324,702 in Ghana.
Vodafone Ghana is the second largest mobile operator in Ghana, with market share of 21.09% of total mobile lines.
Milicom Ghana, the operators of Tigo mobile had a market share of 14.10%, while Airtel market share was 12.69% of the total lines.
Glo mobile also had a market share of 6.13% while Expresso figure represents 0.62% of the total mobile market share in the country.
As at the end of February 2013, Ghana’s population stood at 25,627,787. Compare to the number of mobile lines in the country (26,324,702), mobile penetration stands at 102.72%.

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