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Afriwave Contract Imani Ghana takes on NCA for "fraudulent" Afriwave contract

According to IMANI Ghana, the NCA  has awarded a contract to Afriwave Telcom Ghana Limited to create a common platform for the settlement of interconnect traffic for the telecommunication industry, routing, switching and billing. This is a vital process in the audit of the international calls routed by the telecommunications companies.

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Policy think- tank, IMANI Ghana is mounting pressure on the National Communications Authority and Ministry of Communications to annul the entire the application evaluation process, and calling on the “Ministry to re-open the tender and provide adequate time for best practices to be followed in the evaluation of bids.

According to IMANI Ghana, the NCA  has awarded a contract to Afriwave Telcom Ghana Limited to create a common platform for the settlement of interconnect traffic for the telecommunication industry, routing, switching and billing. This is a vital process in the audit of the international calls routed by the telecommunications companies.

MP for Obuase West, Kweku Kwarteng first raised alarms over the fact that Afriwave Telecoms was sole- sourced to undertake the contract that had already been awarded to Subah Infosolutions.

According IMANI Ghana, In December, 2014, the NCA invited bids for the license to enable service providers operate a clearinghouse for telecommunication industry.

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Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited, Subah Infosolustion, Progidy International Limited, TCMS-GVG, Channel IT Limited and Consortium Limited all tendered in a bid.

But an eight member Application Evaluation Panel set up by the NCA awarded the contract to Afriwave under circumstances IMANI Ghana describes as betrayal of the process.

IMANI Ghana also accused the panel of unfairly awarding the contract to Afriwave.

According to the policy think-tank, the panel awarded 5 marks to Afriwave in sections where 1 was the highest attainable mark.

The panel also recommend a  monopoly operating license be awarded to Afriwave Telecoms Ghana Limited, IMANI's statement said, adding that Afriwave does not have the experience to carry out a clearing house as it is solely a mast erection company.

 

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