Business News of 2014-04-28

Telecoms Chamber gets two new members

Two tower companies in the country, ATC Tower (Ghana) Limited and HTG Managed Services Ltd (Helios), have joined the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications.

Their inclusion brings to seven the number of telecommunications companies with the chamber having joined five multinational mobile network operators.

The five companies, MTN, Vodafone, tiGO, Airtel and Expresso are the foundation members of the Chamber established in 2010.

A release signed by the Research & Communications Manager, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Mr Derek B. Laryea, said Mr Thomas Sonesson, CEO of ATC Ghana, and Ms Reine Tieku, GM of Helios, “Will serve on the governing council of the chamber.”

“The chamber’s primary objective is to support the overall development of the telecommunications industry in Ghana through institutional partnerships and expert contribution to policy, regulation, legislation and public advocacy,” it said.

Tower companies entered Ghana’s telecom industry in 2010 after mobile network operators began outsourcing the management and maintenance of their tower infrastructure.

This was to ensure compliance with guidelines requiring collocation of antennae to minimise public agitation against the siting of towers in communities.

ATC Ghana currently manages more than 2,000 tower sites, including in-building Distributed Antenna Systems (IDAS) and other wireless infrastructure solutions whilst Helios manages over 700 tower sites.

Helios has invested over $85million since its entry with ATC Ghana, also making significant investments in the country.

The release quoted the Chief Executive of the Chamber of Telecommunications, Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, as saying that: “We are delighted to have ATC Ghana and Helios join the Chamber.”

“We’re eager to work with them to further enhance the smooth deployment of infrastructure in our communities towards achieving universal coverage,” he added.