Minister-designate for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has revealed that the introduction of the Kelni GVG platform made a cost saving of US$1.1 million monthly to government.
According to her all the laws regarding procurement in the Kelni GVG Common platform contract were followed.
“So Mr Chairman at every stage of the way, all the laws regarding procurement were followed to the letter in this case before the contract was awarded”.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful also explained that the equipment in the Kelni GVG platform is hosted at the National Communication Authority (NCA) and owned by the Government of Ghana unlike the previous case when venders owned and operated the equipment.
She said by abrogating the previous contract with SUBA Solutions and Afrowave and entering into another contract with KelniGVG alone they achieved a cost-saving US$1.1 million, saying that alone provided less cost but more value.
She said the common platform unlike the previous contract offers real-time monitoring of 2.5 billion transactions a day within the telecom sector IN calls, SMS, mobile money among others.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful further explained that the common platform has four functionalities such as revenue assurance, traffic monitoring, fraud management and mobile money monitoring.
She announced the NCA and Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) are expected to take over and manage the common platform for their regulatory purposes and to assist them to perform their obligation.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful answered questions on issues about mobile phone data usage, mobile money transactions, rural telephony network, digital terrestrial platform and women empowerment, among others.
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