Franklin Cudjoe
Franklin Cudjoe

Franklin Cudjoe, the Founding President & CEO of IMANII Ghana has given some answers which the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) is seeking from Government on why the Interconnect Clearing House (ICH) project is solely championed by the Ministry of Communications and National Authority without the courtesy involvement of the telcos and all people who understand telcoms business.

Franklin Cudjoe
Franklin Cudjoe

Also, AFAG is demanding to know why the Pakistani Supreme Court recently declared the interconnect clearing house project as essentially a project to steal tax payers money using the telcos as a proxy and spying on its citizens and Ghana government decides to embrace it.
According to Franklin Cudjoe, there are all indications that the NCA is not really very conversant with the versatility and plethora of telecommunication products and services and therefore shoring up all the
risks of quality of service issues under the ambit of ONLY ONE CLEARING HOUSE, when most of the telcos have already invested heavily in their own interconnect switching. “This is risky,” he stated.
“Not only does it expose the national communication infrastructure in terms of voice to one monolithic destination, it also does not allow for any redundancy whatsoever,” he stated.
In a document sent to, IMANI Boss also averred that this interconnect clearing house has a very shady mandate, which seems to cover everything from SIM card registration, billing, and a whole
set of invasive activity that is definitely bound to be abused by any ambitious or paranoid political power either to spy on private activity or to illegally monitor and police individuals, averring that there are concerns that the loose setup of this clearing house will end up interfering in the already existing communication protocols, and open systems up to an abuse by endangering privacy of communications, a mandated inalienable right of every citizen of the country.
Below are his comments:

2. It is highly imprudent that a company that has not been tried and tested anywhere in this world and with very little knowledge of the ever-evolving service profile of telco operations, especially in the mainstream and Value Added Service (VAS) space is allowed to wade into these murky waters without a clear definition and limit of what their scope of interference will be. Just like the perception that telcos make lots of money and under-declare profits and must therefore be heavily supervised, this alarming intervention by the NCA into what should purely be the purview of a collaboration between telcos on standards, rules of engagement, due diligence and clear appraisal of functionality of designated is not only dangerous, but spells doom for an industry that is already so competitive and low margin driven.

3. What?s more, if the telcos have already invested in peer-to-peer systems that already work according to specifications mutually agreed upon, why is there a need to duplicate that function and punish the telcos with the additional cost of running those clearing services on the excuse that the NCA cannot seem to manage it? Would it not be rather prudent on the side of the NCA to spend time and resources, which would be comparatively much less in getting to understand fully the existing systems? Is that the justification for putting the whole infrastructure at risk? That perceived revenue leakages should be the raison d?etre for a clearing house with monopolistic tendencies and no clear guidelines that could rather encourage the outsourcing of such activity on a voluntary basis by the telcos where they could set their own standards for proper due diligence and essential security protocols is very na?ve both in thought and eventually in its execution.

So there you have it, AFAG, While in every jurisdiction, the major task of a regulator is to ensure the presence of good standards enforcement, the defence of consumers and the institution of sound policy guidelines to improve the quality of service and infrastructure in any sector, the NCA on the other hand has
been only erecting barriers to the consummation of technology in cheap, efficient and equitable distribution in the country through very badly thought out policies.



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