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Business News of Sunday, 3 June 2018


Communications Minister backs Kelni-GVG deal, gives Telcos June 11 deadline

The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has justified government’s decision to select telecommunications revenue assurance provider, Kelni-GVG, insisting that it is the best the country could have gotten in terms of common platform for telecommunications traffic monitoring.

“I stand here as a Minister of the Akufo-Addo administration to assure this august house that I believe this is the best deal we could have got” she told Parliament when she appeared to present a statement on the implementation of the common platform for telecommunications traffic monitoring, revenue assurance, mobile money monitoring and fraud management in Accra.

Criticism on implementation of the common platform has been rife on the part of the minority who are calling for Parliamentary probe into the entire deal, but the Minister maintains that there is no underhand dealings.

“There has been absolutely no corruption or underhand dealings in this transaction. I can never be party to any such conduct as I value my reputation and the reputation of the government which serves the good people of Ghana”.

The Minister also stated that Vodafone and Glo are currently in the process of connecting physically to the Common Platform (CMP) and added that she expects others [MTN, Airtel Tigo] to do so shortly.

“Their deadline for final connection is 11th June, 2018 and failure or refusal to do so will result in imposition of the specified sanctions” she said.

The Common Platform is necessary for monitoring International and domestic voice and data traffic, volumes, revenue and mobile money transactions in an independent way.