The National Communications Authority (NCA) has implemented technology neutrality for non-Significant Market Power (SMP) operators to correct market imbalances in the communication sector.
This substantial action taken by the authorities also aims to increase consumer choice in the telecommunications sector.
A press statement issued by the NCA on Tuesday stated that the initiative will grant Vodafone and AT the authorization to re-farm their spectrum assignment in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands to provide 4G services, subject to paying an annual premium.
It stated that Technology neutrality is one of the remedial actions to address 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 enhancing their competitiveness.
“It also provides the option for non-SMP operators with 4G services to re-farm portions of their current spectrum assignment to improve the quality of their 4G services and also ensures an enhanced consumer choice for 4G services,” it added.
It assured the general public of the Authority’s commitment to fostering an environment that encourages competition, investment and technological advancement for the benefit of all stakeholders.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD