The National Communication Authority (NCA) has introduced technology neutrality to create a level playing field and stimulate investment in infrastructure for the deployment of 4G networks by the non-Significant Market Power (SMP) operators.
Technology neutrality is one of the remedies to address SMP concerns.
According to a statement issued by the authority in Accra on Tuesday, the initiative was also aimed at “correcting the market imbalances and boosting consumer choice in the telecommunications sector with the introduction of technology neutrality for non-SMP operators.”
The NCA said the initiative would grant Vodafone and AT the authorisation to re-farm their spectrum assignment in the 900MHz, 1800MHz, and 2100MHz bands to provide 4G services, subject to paying an annual premium.
It said some benefits of Technology Neutrality included the opportunity for operators who do not currently have 4G services to deploy it within their current spectrum assignment, leveling the playing field and enhancing their competitiveness.
“The option for non-SMP operators with 4G services to re-farm portions of their current spectrum assignment to improve the quality of their 4G services and Enhanced consumer choice for 4G services,” NCA added.
The NCA remains committed to fostering an environment that encourages competition, investment, and technological advancement for the benefit of all stakeholders.