Mobile Number Portability (MNP) schemes have been slow to take off in Sub-Saharan Africa and their performance has not been outstanding. Ghana is the exception and has good reason to be bragging about its success. Russell Southwood spoke to Bob Palitz, a telecom consultant who has been involved in the MNP process from its policy and planning stages through to implementation and launch.
Ghana’s MNP scheme was launched on 7 July 2011 and this week the Ghanaian regulator NCA issued its 3-year report on how it has worked. The stats provided are fairly compelling:
Three world-leading satellite operators present globally including in Africa are well positioned to support digital TV deployment across Africa: Intelsat, Eutelsat and SES. The broad size of the continent and the limited terrestrial TV infrastructure - especially in rural areas - explains why satellite will be needed to reach universal TV access. Several announcements have been made by those global players over the past 3 years; capacity is available, just waiting for DTT bouquet signals. So far, the implication of satellite in DTT migration in Africa has been limited.