Vodafone Ghana

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Vodafone Ghana
TypePrivate
IndustryTelecommunication
PredecessorGhana Telecom
Founded1974
HeadquartersAccra, Ghana
Key people
Patricia Obo-Nai, CEO
ProductsFixed Line Telephone

Mobile Phone

Broadband
RevenueGreen Arrow Up.svg US$ 1.2 billion (2006)
Number of employees
4,000 (2006)
Websitevodafone.com.gh

Vodafone Ghana, formerly Ghana Telecom, is the national telecommunications company of Ghana. The company in Ghana operates under Vodacom Group - Africa's leading mobile telecommunications company.[1]

As of January 2020, it had around 9.3 million mobile voice subscribers, representing 13.81% of the Ghanaian market shares.[2]

Patricia Obo-Nai was appointed as the first Ghanaian female CEO of Vodafone Ghana.[3] They were certified by the Top Employers Institute as a Top Employer in Africa for the third consecutive year in January 2021.[4]

Vodafone - Ghana Telecom Deal[edit]

On 3 July 2008 it was announced that Vodafone had agreed to acquire 70% of Ghana Telecom from the Ghanaian government at a cost of US$900 million and a total enterprise value of approximately US$1.3 billion.[5]

After the transaction closed, Vodafone had a 70% stake in the company, while the Ghanaian government retained a 30% stake. The acquisition was consummated on 17 August 2008.[6]

The sale was supported by president John Agyekum Kufuor, but strongly opposed by the opposition party, which would win the presidential elections a few months later. The new president John Atta Mills, head of the National Democratic Congress party (NDC) also launched an investigation into the deal after being elected president a claiming that the government "did not get value for money".[7]

Despite these claims, a few months later Vodafone would write down the value of its stake in Ghana Telecom by £250m as the economic climate worsened, damaging the business's prospects.[7]

On 15 April 2009, Ghana Telecom, along with its mobile subsidiary OneTouch, was rebranded as Vodafone Ghana.[8]

In 2016, Vodafone Ghana was the country's second largest operator with a market share for April 2016 as 21.92% and 25.32% of data behind African communications giant MTN Ghana.[9]

In December 2019, Vodafone Ghana announced its acquisition of all of the Vodacom Group's stake in Vodacom Business Ghana.[10]

Philanthropy[edit]

Vodafone Ghana was recognized as the top Philanthropic and Health Support Institution by Media Men Ghana at the 2017 People's Choice Practitioners Honours.[11]

The company, in collaboration with British Council, established the Vodafone Scholar Project which will provide full and partial scholarships to female high school and undergraduate students studying STEM subjects who don't have the financial means to pursue continued study.[12]

In 2016, Vodafone made a deal with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). In the agreement, the company agreed to provide an enhanced high speed internet and Wi-Fi connectivity to all faculties across the University's campuses in Ghana.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2019 Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Above-The-Line Commercial of the Year (2 Moorch Data)
  • 2019 Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Below-The-Line Commercial of the Year (4G GigabitNet launch)
  • 2019 Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) TV Programme of the Year (Healthline TV Programme)
  • 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards - Telecom CEO of the Year (Patricia Obo-Nai)
  • 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards - Telecom Business of the Decade
  • 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards - Customer Experience of the Year
  • 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards - Digital Enabler of the Year
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards Best COVID-19 Health Care Response Initiative(Vodafone Ghana Foundation)
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards Innovative Project of the Year(Vodafone Ghana Foundation)
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards Best Employee Volunteering Initiatives(Vodafone Ghana Foundation)
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) AwardsBest Company in Project Eradicating Streetism (Vodafone Ghana Foundation)
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards SSI Project of the Year(Vodafone Ghana Foundation)
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards SSI STEM Leadership Award(Patricia Obo-Nai)
  • 2020 Sustainability and Social Impact (SSI) Awards SSI Emerging Personality of the Year(Amaris Nana Adjei Perbi)
  • 2020 National Communication Awards Telecommunications Personality of the Year (Patricia Obo-Nai)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Vodafone Ghana". Vodafone Ghana.
  2. ^ Entsie, Berlinda (22 January 2020). "How telcos in Ghana performed in 2019, according to National Communication Authority report". Business Insider by Pulse. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  3. ^ "Vodafone Ghana appoints Patricia Obo-Nai as first Ghanaian CEO". www.graphic.com.gh. 2019-02-19. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  4. ^ "Vodafone Ghana emerges top employer in Africa for third consecutive year". Citinewsroom - Comprehensive News in Ghana. 2021-01-27. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  5. ^ "Acquisition of a 70% Stake in Ghana Telecom". www.vodafone.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  6. ^ Wray, Richard (2008-07-03). "Vodafone buys 70% stake in Ghana mobile firm". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  7. ^ a b Wray, Richard (2009-10-14). "Vodafone's Ghana Telecom deal labelled 'illegal'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  8. ^ "GT rebranded to Vodafone". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  9. ^ Appiah, Stephen (April 2016). "Telecom subscription trends for April 2016". National Communication Authority, Ghana.
  10. ^ 122108447901948 (2019-12-16). "Vodafone Ghana acquires Vodacom Business Ghana". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2019-12-20.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Prof. Frimpong-Boateng, Okyeame Kwame, Others honoured at PCP Honours". Ghana News Online. 16 April 2017. Archived from the original on 19 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Increasing female engagement in STEM in Ghana | British Council". www.britishcouncil.org. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  13. ^ "Vodafone, KNUST strike ground-breaking partnership - citifmonline.com". citifmonline.com. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2018-03-22.

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