Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications

The Government of Ghana and the parent companies of AirtelTigo, Bharti Airtel Ghana Holdings B.V., MIC Africa B.V have concluded negotiations on the transfer of ownership.

The agreement is to transfer the shares of the company to the government, following the announcement of the company’s departure from the Ghanaian market in 2020.

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.

The 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 sub region and this acquisition is a step in the right direction,” the minister said in a statement.