Afriwave Telecom, Ghana’s licensed interconnect clearing house (ICH) service provider has begun monitoring the volume of international incoming telecommunications traffic, local interconnect traffic and NCA revenue verification.
These services have been live since May 2016 after several months of testing and parallel running. This is to give transparent data to the National Communications Authority (NCA) to accurately bill each service provider and network operator and to understand the traffic flows for policy making.
One of the deliverables as an ICH service provider, Afriwave is tasked to monitor traffic volumes of each service provider and network operator for both international incoming and local interconnect traffic.
With the monitoring, it is now possible for the ICH to present industry international incoming and local interconnect traffic performance information on a consolidated dashboard. This gives the regulator a snapshot overview of what is going on in the industry.
The international incoming traffic information, Afriwave says, will enable the NCA to invoice the mobile network operators based on the report from the ICH and not based on the current MNO self-reporting regime. “This should enhance collaboration between all stakeholders in the industry,” said Mr. Donald Gwira, Director of Corporate Affairs at Afriwave.
The information also provides visibility on NCA regulatory fees, and international incoming traffic surcharge.
Afriwave’s role in the telecom industry is to provide a common, independent mechanism for monitoring, routing, billing and settlement of local and international interconnect traffic for all existing and future telecommunications operators in the country.
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