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Business News of Monday, 19 October 2015

Source: GhanaWeb

Parliament extols Subah revenue monitoring technology

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Chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication, Albert Abongo, has lauded measures put in place by Subah Infosolutions to monitor, on behalf of government, revenue being generated by mobile telecommunication companies.

This came after members of the committee paid a working visit to some of the telecommunication companies’ in Accra.

During the visit, the Committee gained insight into the activities of the telcos and acquainted themselves with how Subah Infosolutions had installed equipment to independently monitor revenue inflows by the telcos.

IT and telecommunications solution provider, Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited, in 2010 was contracted by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to provide telecom traffic monitoring services for revenue verification, specifically to collect “Talk Tax” pursuant to the Electronic and Communication Act.

The first port of call by the Committee chaired by the Member of Parliament for Bongo Constituency, Albert Abongo, was at the premises of MTN, where committee members were ushered into the data collection center by MTN officials, where Subah had attached its devises to the billing load or the main data center to monitor revenue inflow.

The MPs were briefed by MTN officials as to how the monitoring is regularly carried out.

The eighteen-member committee then proceeded to the offices of Glo to ascertain whether the rules and regulations were religiously been adhered to.

Similarly, lingering questions of committee members were addressed by Glo officials. The trend continued at the premises of the various companies, including Airtel, Expresso, Tigo and Vodafone respectively.

Briefing journalists after the tour, Mr Abongo expressed the Committee’s satisfaction with the work carried out by Subah so far.

“Though we are not too technical we can see for ourselves that the infrastructure, installations and the systems are there for them (Subah) to be able to do their work as stipulated by law.

“We have been to the data centers and we were explained to how the talk tax revenue is constantly monitored. We are very much impressed. The Committee thinks that yes something is happening,” the chairman averred.

While expressing gratitude to Subah for the diligent work done, Mr Abongo was quick to add the Committee would not hesitate to consult the National Communications Authority (NCA) for technical assistances when the need arises.