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AirtelTigo sold to Ghana government

The government of ghana has bought of Airtel and Tigo from it’s owners upon their decision to exit the country due to business decisions since last year 2020.

This announcement was made with a press release from the ministry of communication and digitalization. Read full release

PRESS RELEASE

GOVERNMENT SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH AIRTELTIGO FOR TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

The Government of Ghana and the parent companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V., MIC Africa B.V have concluded negotiations and signed an agreement to transfer the shares of the company to the Ghana Government following the announcement of the company’s departure from the Ghanaian market last year.

This agreement transfers all customers, assets and agreed liabilities of AirtelTigo to the Government of Ghana. We consider this a positive step as it adds to the growing portfolio of digital infrastructure assets being utilised by the government.

Government will operate this national asset in the best interest of the nation, the company, telecommunications industry, and ensure the protection of the interests of all employees, customers, contractors, suppliers, stakeholders and sustain the digital transformation of Ghana.

The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana, while Ms. Jatina Catharina Uneken-van de Vreede, Mr. Martin P Frechette, Mr. Timothy Pennington, Mr. Eric Nana Nipah and Mr. Vish Ashiagbor signed on behalf of the seller entities.

In October 2020, Airtel and Millicom announced that they were exiting the Ghanaian market and this agreement concludes the extensive negotiations between the parties to ensure a seamless transition and continued operation of AirtelTigo thereafter.

“The telecommunications sector is of strategic importance to the government and it is critical the sector remains healthy, dynamic, vibrant and most importantly, competitive. We are determined to make Ghana the digital hub of the subregion and this acquisition is a step in the right direction”.

Signed

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP

Minister for Communications & Digitalisation

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