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NCA approves sale of Vodafone Ghana to Telecel

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
NCA approves sale of Vodafone Ghana to Telecel
NCA approves sale of Vodafone Ghana to Telecel

The National Communications Authority (NCA) has granted a conditional approval for the transfer of the 70 per cent majority shares in Vodafone Ghana to Telecel Group.

This is subject to concessions made by Vodafone and representations made by Telecel to the NCA.

It is still pursuant to the evaluation of the revised proposal from the Telecel Group.

A notice posted on the regulator’s website today (January 16), said “it would be recalled that in January 2022, the NCA received an application from Vodafone Ghana for the transfer of 70 per cent of its majority shares held by the Seller to the Buyer.

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It said in accordance with due process, the NCA evaluated the application on various criteria and engaged both Vodafone Ghana and Telecel.

“The NCA concluded that the request did not meet the regulatory threshold for approval to be granted.

“Following the NCA’s decision, the Buyer resubmitted a revised financial and technical proposal in December 2022 which demonstrated the needed capital investment to extend the deployment of 4G and launch innovative Fintech solutions,” the notice said.

It said the NCA found that the revised proposal provided more clarity and certainty in terms of the funding required for the acquisition and the commitments from both the Seller and Buyer.

In addition, the Buyer had strengthened the overall governance and management team and made firm commitments towards meeting the regulatory requirements of the NCA.

“Based on the above, the NCA confirms that the revised proposal from the Buyer now meets the regulatory threshold and hence has granted a conditional approval for the transfer of shares to the Buyer including submission of strategies for employee retention.

“The NCA would like to assure the general public and all stakeholders that it would continue to work with Vodafone Ghana and the Buyer to complete all outstanding regulatory requirements to ensure a smooth transition as well as continuity of service delivery and improved choice for consumers and competition within the industry,” it added.