Telecommunication in Ghana is headed by the National Communication Authority of Ghana, the regulating body for all electronic communications in the country. There are several mobile networks that have been operating in Ghana since the 90s. Over the years there have been changes of name, transfer of ownership and even merging of some networks.
Some of the mobile networks in Ghana include MTN Ghana, Glo Ghana, AirtelTigo, and Vodafone Ghana. Fixed Broadband Line is offered by Vodafone Ghana, formerly known as Ghana Telecom, and their top competitor MTN Ghana.
Because of how unreliable fixed-line infrastructures are in Ghana, mobile phones are more widely used. Competition among the various mobile network carriers has spurred growth with a subscriber penetration rate of 98% since 2010.
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The poor call quality of mobile phones, however, means that more people hold more than one mobile phone, usually with two or more different mobile network carriers.
List of Top 5 Mobile Networks in Ghana
- MTN Ghana
- Vodafone Ghana
- Glo Ghana
What does MTN stand for? MTN is an acronym for Mobile Telecommunication Network. MTN Ghana is one of the leading telecommunication networks in Ghana. They have the highest number of subscribers in Ghana and have more than one network code. MTN Ghana network codes are 024, 054, 055 and 059.
They offer different types of voice and data services. Some of these include Fix Broadband Internets, SMS, Voice calls, and provides support for SMEs.
Vodafone Ghana took over from OneTouch Ghana and has been performing tremendously well in the area of voice and data services. They are the second-highest network with the most subscribers in Ghana. This has led to the launch of different network codes by the telecommunication giant. Vodafone Ghana’s network codes are 020 and 050.
AirtelTigo was formed in November 2017 from a merger between Airtel and Tigo, AirtelTigo is the third-largest Mobile Network Operator in Ghana. They have voice offers such as Unlimited Calls, All-in-one, Sunday Special Offers, and Good Morning offers. Their data packages include Big Time Data, Sika Kokoo, Night Bundles, and Family Packs.
AirtelTigo network codes are 026, 056, 027, and 057 as Airtel Ghana and Tigo Ghana (formerly Buzz) have combined network codes due to the merger that happened in 2017.
Glo is a new telecommunication network in Ghana that is also gaining subscribers upon its emergence due to its cheap data and voice packages. They are the biggest in Nigeria after Airtel and are evading the Ghana telecommunication market gradually. Glo Ghana network code is 023. The company has plans to add new network codes to its current one as it expands in the Ghanaian market.
Glo Ghana provides its subscribers with Weekly Plans, Monthly Plans, Mega Data Plans, Unlimited Data Plans, Weekend Packs, auto-renewal, and non-auto-renewal data packages. They have the Default Tariff, GLO Yakata, GLO Talk More, and GLO Welcome Back call offers for voice.
Fixed Broadband Lines in Ghana
Apart from these top 5 Mobile Networks in Ghana and the services they provide, fixed broadband services in the country are provided by the top 2; MTN Ghana and Vodafone Ghana. Vodafone Ghana provides fixed broadband lines and internet service since its interception from Ghana Telecom while MTN Ghana only provides fixed broadband internet services as at the time of writing this article.
Vodafone Ghana is the sole service provider of fixed-line numbers in all the regions in Ghana. Each region is provided with an area code prefix. This has made it easy for call receivers to identify which region or area a caller is calling from just like the international dialing codes.
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Fixed-Lines in Ghana and Their Area Codes
In 2010, the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana introduced a new numbering plan in Ghana to conform to international standards, and this resulted in new area codes, as well as a new 7-digit fixed line phone number for everyone in Ghana – businesses and organizations as well as residential customers.
From 1st May 2010, all Vodafone fixed line customers were updated to have new 3-digit area codes, as well as having their telephone numbers extended to 7-digit numbers. This applied to every single fixed telephone line in Ghana.
- If you currently have an Accra or Tema area code of 021 or 022, this will be changed to 030.
- If you are in Kumasi currently with a 051 area code, this will be changed to 032. In fact, all of the Ashanti region will now use the 032 area code.
Source: 247Hitz Tech Hub | All Mobile Networks in Ghana and Their Network Codes