Kelni GVG Brouhaha: Communication Ministry to meet telcos

The Ministry of Communication, together with the National Communications Authority (NCA),is set to hold a crunch meeting with telcos in the country today, Wednesday, 13th June 2018, following the failure of the companies to plug into the KelniGVG common monitoring platform as directed by sector Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful gave the telcos up to 11th June 2018 to plug into the system, but only Glo has done so, so far.

The common monitoring platform is meant to monitor international and domestic voice and data traffic volumes, revenue and mobile money transactions in an independent way.

However, MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo have refused to comply. Also, the Ghana Telecommunications Chamber raised privacy concerns about the platform.

Furthermore, two Ghanaians, Sara Asafu-Adjaye and Maximus Amertogoh, have sued the Government over the KelniGVG deal, praying the court to stop the implementation of the real-time traffic monitoring of mobile phone communication.

They want the Minister of Communication, the National Communication Authority, Ghana Revenue Authority, Attorney General, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications and the telecommunication networks to cease the traffic monitoring.

They want from the court, “an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the respondents, whether by themselves, their servants, workmen, hirelings, agents, privies or any persons claiming under or through them, whosoever described from implementing and operationalising the Common Platform until the final determination of this suit.”

The plaintiffs further argue that the “intended implementation of the Common Platform constitutes a real threat to the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights to privacy and for which reason on 8 June 2018, applicants commence an action against the respondents for the reliefs endorsed therein.”

Government’s $89 million deal with GVG/Kelni for the design, development and implementation of a common platform has come under a lot of scrutiny, especially from policy think tank, Imani Africa.

Imani Africa wants the contract cancelled because it believes the deal is “needless” and a rip-off.