ICH gets legal backing from Ghana’s parliament

GOVERNMENT

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
ICH gets legal backing from Ghana’s parliament

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

The operation of the Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) in Ghana has finally received a parliamentary approval following the passing of the Electronic Communication (Amendment) Bill, 2016 into law. This automatically makes the Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) the only way for network operators to interconnect with each other.

This comes at a time when Subah Infosolution Limited, a private technology firm with the mandate of operating Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) has had its contract terminated by the country’s revenue collector, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) during the first quarter of this year, and a new operator Afriwave Telecom, licensed some few months ago appointed to takeover.

The approval of ICH operation by the country’s legislative body means that Interconnect Clearinghouse becomes the main platform by which where all communication within the country and from overseas into the country would go for clearance before terminating on the intended network. The Spectrum of communication which would go through the clearinghouse includes calls, SMS and even data communication.

It’s believed that not only will ICH facilitate revenue assurance in real time for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) but will also assist in the fight against SIMBOXING bedevilling the telecom industry.

Afriwave Telecom won the bid to operate interconnect clearing house services in Ghana as the most qualified firm to deliver on the license which is to provide a common, independent mechanism for monitoring, routing, billing and settlement of local and international interconnect traffic for all existing and future telecommunications operators in the country. The company has also engaged leading industry partners and experts to join its specialist team to deliver on its mandate.

The project will be rolled out in two phases. The first, Phase 1A and has two objectives: it will provide enhanced services to monitor and validate government revenues in accordance with Act 786 (International incoming tariff) and Act 864 (Communications Service Tax) to help government realise its revenues. The second objective which is the provision of anti-fraud management and revenue assurance systems will include the management of SIM Box Fraud.

The role out of phase 1B, which will be after 1A, will provide other value added services like EIR (Equipment Identity Register) services for the blocking of stolen handsets, a common platform for independent international wholesale carriers to deliver calls and the capability of routing of local interconnect calls.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS

BVN fished out 40,000 ghost workers

Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment says the Bank Verification Number introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria has saved the Federal Government billions of naira. Read More

Kenya embraces online motor vehicle registration to fight corruption

In a bid to weed out corruption and increase efficiency in the road transport sector, the Kenyan government is set to unveil online vehicle registration. Read More

Botswana Post opens new money transfer corridors

BotswanaPost says it has launched another two money transfer routes – to Lesotho Postal Services and Swaziland Postal Services.   Read More

International Conference on the Internet on in Gaborone

The University of Botswana is hosting the First International Conference on the Internet, Cyber Security and Information Systems in Gaborone to the 20th May 2016 at The Gaborone International Convention Center (GICC).  Read More

Again, NCC’s 2.6GHz spectrum auctions fall through

The planned 2.6 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction scheduled by Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) may have fallen through. Read More

Government rules out OTT regulation in Ghana

Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Communication, Ato Sarpong, has told key industry players in Accra that the government has no intention of regulating over-the-top operations in the country.  Read More

Rwanda, MasterCard collaborate on cashless society

The Government of Rwanda has announced a collaboration with MasterCard to fast-track the country’s move to include 90 percent of its citizens in the financial mainstream. Read More

Mobile spam: NCC reads riot act to telcos

Worried by a flurry of complaints, the Nigerian Communications Commission has warned mobile network operators to take decisive action to curb unsolicited text messages and calls to customers. Read More

NCC chief urges Fed Govt to relax forex policy

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, has urged the Federal Government to consider relaxing its forex policy for telecommunications companies. Read More

No deal with MTN on fine, says ComTech minister

Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister says no concrete deal has been sealed in respect of the fine imposed on MTN. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

Advertisement

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.