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Globacom Pushing Ahead with Ghana Network Launch

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Nigeria's Globacom has refuted earlier reports that it was considering pulling out of the Ghana market, where it has repeatedly complained of sabotage and deliberate attempts to delay its network launch. Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohammed Jameel told a press conference that the firm has invested so much in its Ghanaian operations that it was not ready to leave, despite challenges encountered.

He emphasized that "we are not worried and even if it takes three months, Ghana will go live. We want to get it right and do it right first time and we will"

The operator was granted the country's sixth mobile license in June 2008 and has been trying to deploy its network since then. Last year the company complained that it is suffering problems in rolling out its network due to delays in securing permission from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to install its towers.

According to figures from the Mobile World subscriber tracker, the five active operators (and market share) are: MTN (57%), Tigo (25.7%), Ghana Telecom (14.4%), Kasapa Telecom (2.8%) & Westel (2.4%).

Jameel also disclosed that the Glo 1 submarine cable will be commercially launched in August.

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