President of IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has insinuated that the Ministry of Communications’ move to control MTN’s dominance in the country is to settle personal scores.
According to him, MTN’s refusal to hand over private records of its customers to the state compelled the Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful to issue an order to curtail their monopolisation in the telecoms industry.
Government, through the Ministry of Communications, on June 7, 2020, directed the National Communications Authority (NCA) to enforce the provisions of the Electronic Communications (EC) Act 2008 and the National Telecommunications Policy to address glaring disparities in the market share and revenue share in the sector.
In the statement, the Minister said the policy directive is motivated by the evidence of growing market imbalance and the creation of a near-monopoly in the telecom sector.
According to her, implementation of the policy will ensure a level-playing field for all network operators in the country because MTN’s 75% of Ghana’s market share “has impacted negatively on competition and consumer choice, necessitating corrective action.”
But Mr. Cudjoe taking to his Twitter account said he senses an ulterior motive behind the government’s decision to regulate Ghana’s biggest network.
“The underlying reasons for this illogical policy is to settle personal scores – over the CST matter and refusal of MTN to hand consumer private records to the state. Make no further mistake; this is also a debate between unprogressive leftists and unrepentant believers in the fidelity of hard work and success, which undergirds MTN’s story,” he stated.
Franklin Cudjoe further questioned why MTN is always faulted for the inability of competitors to stay relevant.
Bemoaning government’s decision, he said “I have been wondering why some people have a penchant for glorifying the destruction of successful businesses that are in good standing. Reference the sudden directive issued by the Communication Ministry on a Sunday, calling for the breaking up of MTN’s market dominance based on an unexamined and economically fallacious claim. I then remembered that some people just do not value enterprise and innovation. Quite absurd to be told that you are too successful because of the inability of your competitors.”
“It is like being penalised in class for coming up tops and your best marks arbitrarily reduced and shared among your peers when you all had access to the same teachers and books. MTN is one of the top 5 largest revenue contributors to the state. It has shareholders, most of whom are Ghanaian. Finally, MTN’s services are impacting businesses and lives,” Franklin Cudjoe added.