By: Fred Yaw Sarpong- Daily Express
Data from the National Communication Authority (NCA) shows that mobile penetration in Ghana stands at 131.63% as at April 2016. This does not mean that all Ghanaians have active mobile phone lines.
Mr. William Tevie, NCA Director General
However, it means that there are people in Ghana who are using more than one mobile lines and that accounts for the 131.63% of mobile penetration.
Meanwhile, the total number of active mobile lines in Ghana for the first four months of 2016 was 36,395,116. This is higher than 36,138,706 recorded at the month of March 2016.
Results from the NCA indicate that three mobile operators gain additional lines between the month of March and April, this year.
The Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), Vodafone Ghana and Tigo gained additional lines while Airtel, Glo and Expresso dropped more lines.
MTN recorded a subscriber base of 17,192,543 from the 17,004,445 figure the company had in March. The Vodafone Ghana, the second leading operator had 7,976,348 mobile lines from the 7,900,534 it had in March.
Tigo on the other hand had 5,713,398 mobile lines. The operator had 5,062,304 in March. Airtel mobile subscriptions dropped from 5,012,239 in March 2016 to 4,942,197 in April. Glo mobile also dropped from 1,048,635 in March to 962,338 in April, this year while Express also dropped from 110,549 to 108,292 it pulled in April 2016.
MTN Ghana leads the operators with a market share of 47.24% of total mobile lines 36,395,116 in Ghana.
Vodafone Ghana is the second largest mobile operator in Ghana, with market share of 21.92% of total mobile lines.
Milicom Ghana, the operators of Tigo mobile had a market share of 14.32%, while Airtel market share was 13.58% of the total lines.
Glo mobile also had a market share of 2.64% while Expresso market share at the end of April 2016 was 0.30% of the total mobile market share in the country.