KASAPA’S PALITZ CALLS FOR GHANAIAN GOVERNMENT TO GET OUT TELECOMS OWNERSHIP

Telecoms

The Managing Director of Kasapa Telecom Limited, operators of Kasapa, Bob Palitz, has expressed deep reservation on the governmental involvement in the telecommunication industry.

He said it was out of place for the government to have purchased Westel, whiles at the same time was the sole shareholder of Ghana Telecom. Palitz said he did not know of any country, apart from Ghana, that the government owned two telecom companies.

Governmental participation in the telecom industry ought to come to an end.

If a company cannot survive as a private enterprise, then it should not be a burden on the government, he stressed. In an interview, Palitz said the National Communications Authority (NCA) had been doing its best, and that they had come a long way to understand how the telecommunication industry operated.

He, however, asked the NCA to resist any push from any authority to issue licences to more fixed network operators, indicating that his company was aware of the governmental plan to licence 10 more fixed network operators.

According to him, the government had planned to divide the country into five zones, and wanted two more fixed networks in each zone.He said “Those companies will be very small that they will be doomed from the start saying that the government will only collect licence fees from companies which will ultimately fail”. He explained that the companies if licensed to operate would not be able to charge less than what the existing operators were charging, as they would have high expenses per customer and per minute.

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