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Airtel gets approval for Tigo Merger

Our bureau Mumbai | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on October 03, 2017

Bharti Airtel has received Ghana’s National Communications Authority’s approval for the merger between Bharti Ghana (Airtel) and Millicom Ghana (Tigo), subject to certain conditions. This merger will result in an entity which will be the second largest mobile network operations in the country.

The merger was first announced in March this year.

To ensure efficient and equitable distribution and access to the spectrum, the merged entities will have to submit a network integration plan to the authority which will indicate how they intend to relinquish portions of their total spectrum allocation. This, however, will be done in phases on geographical area basis and over a period not exceeding 18 months to avoid disruptions on the network.

On the issue of numbers, the merged entity shall retain all the numbering resources held by the merging entities. The NCA has also requested the merged entity to submit a plan to educate customers about changes and related measures within 30 days from date of merger.

The merger approval is also conditional to an option for government participation.

Based on agreements, which have been accepted by the merging entities and the payment of relevant fees, a supplementary agreement to the licences of the merging entities will be signed between the NCA and the merging entities. The day of the signing of the agreement will be the effective date of the merger. The merged entity will have a 3G Licence valid until January 25, 2024, while their 2G Licence will be valid until October 30, 2021.

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Published on October 03, 2017
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