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

ComTech minister: Appropriate legislation critical to telecom sector growth

Nigeria’s Communications Technology Minister Adebayo Shittu, has said appropriate laws will be made to guarantee the consolidation of the gains of the telecoms industry.  Read More

Water utilities to introduce USSD service

Botswana’s Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) will soon officially launch a service using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), for its customers throughout the country.  Read More

Scatec Solar secures 100 MW Solar Project in Nigeria

Scatec Solar has signed an agreement with CDIL, a Canadian renewable energy development company focused on Africa, and BPS, a Nigerian strategic consulting firm, securing the 100 MW (DC) Nova Scotia Power plant located in Jigawa State, Nigeria.  Read More

Tackling cybercrime requires new skills, says minister

Nigeria's ComTech Minister, Adebayo Shittu, says new skills are needed to address the global threat of cybercrime. Read More

Unsolicited SMS: We’ve given subscribers choice, says NCC

Nigeria’s telecoms sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it has given subscribers the power to choose between receiving unsolicited messages or not through the enforcement of the DND code on the telcos. Read More

NITDA seeks NCC collaboration for 50% GDP growth

The acting Director-General of Nigeria’s NITDA is seeking the collaboration of the NCC to develop the country’s ICT industry to enable it to contribute about 50 per cent to the nation’s GDP. Read More

Amosun, Danbatta settle disputes over 47 BTS shut in Ogun

The outstanding issues which have kept 47 base transmission stations (BTS) under lock and key in Ogun State have been successfully resolved by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta. Read More

ComTech Minister: NITDA recruitment fraudulent

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has described the last recruitment exercise at the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) fraudulent as it did not follow due process. Read More

Buhari advised on national addressing system

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to establish a national addressing system in the country to check the crime rate in the country. Read More

Science & Tech Minister: We’ll deepen R&D

The Minister of Science and Technology has identified poor funding and ineffective coordination as reasons Nigeria’s technological development has remained stunted.   Read More

PRESS OFFICES

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

FEATURED STORY

Financial services sees AI as both opportunity and threatFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat

Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.

Advertisement

IN DEPTH

Access and Use of ICT stats releasedAccess and Use of ICT stats released

Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.

COMPANY NEWS

Tigo explores options to give customers a greater choice for 4G services in Ghana

Following her recent visit to Ghana, Cynthia Gordon, the CEO of Millicom Africa, has emphasized the remarkable growth opportunities in data and Tigo’s commitment to giving customers ...