The BuddeComm Perspective: Ghana
Leading analysts BuddeComm say difficulties obtaining permits for new sites is driving infrastructure sharing in Ghana
With permits to construct new base-station sites taking a minimum of six months, Ghanaian network operators are warming up to the idea of infrastructure sharing. Separate permits are required from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the Ghana National Fire Service, as well as District, Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies. These agencies are overwhelmed by the number of applications, with the operators rolling out hundreds of new sites every year.
By March 2009, there were about 3,000 telecom masts across the country, comprising 1,650 for MTN, 700 for Tigo, 380 for Vodafone, 250 for Zain and 110 for Kasapa.