William Matthew Tevie, The Director General of the National Communications Authority, NCA, has told media that the NCA will not issue any more licenses and authorizations for mobile voice operation in the country.
He said the mobile telephony industry is moving away from cellular mobile voice to data services therefore their decision to concentrate on the data side.
He also told media that the decision to hold with the granting of new licenses to prospective mobile voice operators is viewed against the backdrop of a limit on how much could be put in the mobile voice spectrum.
He stated that the big drive for the next 10 years would be at the data side and that is what we have been working on because we were forward thinking 4 to 5 years ago. We started giving out the broadband wireless systems licenses and we have given away some for the data side too.
He added that, in terms of voice for the telecom sector, there is a limit on how much you can issue when it comes to the spectrum plus it is all crowded now in that sector.
Currently, the country has 6 mobile voice operators serving a population of about 26 million.
The total number of mobile voice subscribers at the end of April this year stood at a little above 36.138 million representing a total penetration rate for the month under review at 131.63 percent.
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