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General News of Monday, 15 September 2014

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Gbevlo-Lartey charges OccupyGhana Group to fight SIM Boxing but…

Former National Security Capo, Colonel Larry Gbevlo-Lartey is on Facebook calling on the pressure groups behind the Occupy Ghana Demo and RedFriday to shift their attention to SIM box fraud, which is diverting moneys meant for the state into the pockets of some fraudsters, including some telco workers.

SIM box fraud is the reason people get calls from overseas and see local phone numbers on their screen. The fraudsters behind it include people abroad and in Ghana. The route calls through the internet and terminate them in Ghana through hidden SIM boxes fitted with local SIM cards. That way the pay only local rates after they have charged international rates from source.

Col. Larry Gbevlo-Lartey’s argument is that, since the practice is denying the state money, and some telcos are allegedly involved in the practice, the pressure groups in the country should turn some attention on those telcos and demand accountability from them too.

The post attracted lots of comments from members of the Occupy Ghana and RedFriday, journalists, telecom/ICT experts and some average-minded Ghanaians. The respondents included Franklin Cudjoe, Maximus Ametorgoh, Neyi Issiw and leading telecoms writer Samuel Dowuona.

All did agree with the Colonel that indeed there is need to stop that fraud, but a lot of the comments also referred him to recent issues in the telecom industry, and called on him to first demand accountability from the Minister of Communications and the industry regulator, National Communication Authority, before asking pressure groups to take on telcos. .

Some also invited Col. Gbevlo-Lartey to join Occupy Ghana and help push state institutions to work.

Others asked whether it is not time for Ghana to adopt the technology behind SIM boxing. It is called VoIP (voice over internet protocol), which is the same technology being used by Skype, Viber, Facebook and other applications that allow internet calls, which is not illegal.

Some even suggested that Col. Gbevlo-Lartey is preparing the grounds to enter into the telecom industry after leaving the National Security job, so he is going on the back of the OccupyGhana Group to announce his new direction.