MTN Ghana is preparing to obtain the two remaining 2x5MHz spectrum lots in the 800MHz band and further upgrade its network services.

The spectrums in question are those that went unacquired after Vodafone Ghana purchased one December last year.

Robert Kuzoe, Corporate Services Executive at MTN said, “MTN intends to acquire this remaining spectrum to enable it to continue to give its customers an increasingly better experience on the network.”

When the National Communications Authority (NCA) auctioned three separate 2x5MHz spectrum lots in the 800MHz band, MTN was excluded from the tender process. This was due to MTN’s previous acquisition of a 2x10MHz lot in the same band in December 2015.

The NCA did indicate that other 800MHz spectrum holders would have the opportunity to buy the spectrum in case it was not allocated at the end of the process.

He said in January this year, MTN wrote to officially express its interest in acquiring the remaining unallocated two lots 2x5MHz spectrum.

Some industry experts are of the opinion that allowing MTN to acquire those two lots, in addition to what it already has, would defeat the whole purpose of creating a level playing field.