Reporters challenge Ghana NCA
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Sept. 8, 2011, 7:26 p.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s Network of Communications Reporters (NCR) has challenged the National Communication Authority (NCA) to reveal the full figures relating to mobile number portability.
The journalists, who specialise in ICT reporting, have criticized the authority for being slow to update statistics relating to operator subscriber numbers, among other things.
NCR Dean Charles Benoni Okine called on the NCA to release a full report on the market performances of all the telecommunication networks in the country, to give Ghanaians insight into which network is gaining or losing as a result of the implementation of mobile number portability. MNP came into effect in Ghana two months ago.
In an interview with Biztechafrica, Okine said releasing this information to the public would create a new level of transparency in the operations of the national regulator and the network providers.
He described as “unfortunate” the NCA’s failure to release full and accurate figures indicating which of the networks was gaining or losing as a result of the implementation of the MNP. The NCA recently issued a statement announcing that since the commencement of MNP, a total of 64,657 mobile phone subscribers had taken advantage of the system to move from one mobile service provider to another while retaining their mobile number.
Commenting on a statement issued out by the NCR, Mr. Okine noted that mobile network operators were churning out their own numbers with regards to the number of subscribers they hold in the country.
“It is amazing that since the introduction of MNP a couple of months ago, the NCA has not been able to [fully] update its market statistics,” he said.
MORE GOVERNMENT NEWS
Wireless spectrum debate heads to AfricaThe Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) will hold the world’s largest conference on wireless spectrum sharing in Accra, Ghana, in May. Read More
Commonwealth ICT Ministers agree on Cybergovernance ModelICT ministers and advisors from 35 Commonwealth countries have adopted a Commonwealth Cybergovernance Model to guide national policy development of their national cyberspace. Read More
PS of MYICT: ICT a vital utility in RwandaRwanda’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi, has urged citizens to embrace ICT, pointing out that it is as vital as water and electricity. Read More
Lagos, Microsoft, firm up MoU on e-governmentThe Governor of Lagos State and the President of Microsoft International have firmed up the MoU they entered into last year over e-governance and other initiatives. Read More
US firm looks to construct Ghana solar parksUS-based International Solar Utilities (ISU) is conducting feasibility studies for the construction of solar parks that would add 600 megawatts of power to Ghana's electricity grid. Read More
Ghana steps up moves towards better statisticsGhana's Parliament has approved an agreement between the government and the International Development Association (IDA) for a $30-million loan and a $10-million grant to finance the Ghana Statistics Development Project. Read More
Rwanda collaborates with Facebook to boost social educationFacebook has introduced SocialEDU, a pilot initiative that will provide students in Rwanda with free access to a collaborative online education experience. Read More
Governments urged to boost Africa’s presence on the webAn appeal has been made to African governments to help boost the continent's presence on the worldwide web by submitting lists of important names for inclusion in the dotAfrica Reserved Names List (RNL) process. Read More
Rwandan President launches national ID cards as regional travel documentsRwandan President Paul Kagame has travelled to Uganda using his National ID card, officially marking the launch of an integrated system allowing National IDs, voter and student cards to be used as travel documents in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Read More
Rwanda introduces mandatory online business registrationThe Rwanda Development Board, through the Office of the Registrar General, has commenced mandatory online registration for all new businesses in Kigali. Read More
FEATURED STORYMACRA demystifies spectrum management
Malawi's regulator explains the issues around spectrum allocation. Gregory Gondwe reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHYouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and the UNDP, in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions, will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by YouthConnekt.