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Consumers Confidentiality assured on Common Platform Monitoring Centre - Communication Minister

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The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has firmly stated that the Common Platform Monitoring Centre by the National Communications Authority to manage real time transactions by the telcos does not include personal data of consumers and, therefore, cannot breach confidentiality of consumers.

The Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has firmly stated that the Common Platform Monitoring Centre by the National Communications Authority to manage real time transactions by the telcos does not include personal data of consumers and, therefore, cannot breach confidentiality of consumers.

 

Madam Owusu-Ekuful made the comment during media engagement on the Common Platform by the National Communications Authority at its head office in Accra last Friday.

The meeting was to offer the Ministry and its agency, the National Communications Authority, the opportunity to accord the media practitioners first-hand information on the facility installed by Kelni GVG at the premises of the NCA to monitor call detail records of the telcos.

The National Communications Authority has scheduled June 11, 2018, as the deadline for all the telecommunications companies in Ghana to be hooked onto the Common Platform Monitoring system.

The Common Platform Monitoring Centre will enable the agencies, the NCA and the Ghana Revenue Authority determine the exact revenue the telcos are obliged to pay to government.

According to the Communications Minister, real time data is key in the monitoring process and called on the operators of the telcos to embrace the system to enable proper operation of business in the industry.
“The issue is to get right revenue from the big companies to develop Ghana. It is doable and government will ensure confidentiality in the system. Common platform has no personal data. Confidentiality is assured,”  the minister said.
She added that the ministry and the agencies are interested in the trends, data and information to ensure that Ghana gets the right revenue for Ghana.
According to her, “Since 2009 we have struggled to have this process in place.There is nothing left to say but to get the job done.”

She expressed confidence that the Network Operating Centre at the NCA is ready to augment the desire of government in getting the required revenue for development.

The Minister assured the media that the contract with Kelni GVG would enhance local content since the expertise of Ghanaians working at the centre would be enhanced from the training by the GVG partners.

The Minister and her two deputies George Nenyi Andah and Vincent Sowah Odotei, the NCA and GRA answered pressing questions that had agitated the minds.

Asked whether the GRA had received the expected revenues from the telcos in their operations, the GRA Commissioner General, Kofi Nti, said, “As of now what the telcos give us is exactly what we get.”

He was hopeful that the new system would allay all fears among the telcos and the agencies as far as revenue generation was concerned.