Business News of Monday, 23 February 2015
When the Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH) takes off by June his year, it will be taking over the job that Subah Infosolutions Limited was paid over Ghc74 million to do for the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
It will also be taking over the job the National Communications Authority gave to the Haitian-based Global Voice Group (GVG) to do.
GRA paid Subah a whopping Ghc74 million under very controversial circumstances to do real-time verification of domestic calls to ensure that government got the accurate Communication Service Tax (CST) from the telecom operators.
GVG was also getting an average of $400,000 a month for allegedly assisting the NCA with equipment and expertise to monitor fraud within the telecom ecosystem and for training NCA staff on fraud detection.
Currently, both Subah and GVG belong to the Jospong Group of Companies. They each put in separate bids for the ICH, but lost to Afriwave Telecoms Ghana Limited, and that means they are about to lose their jobs this June.
Apart from the Ghc 74 million, Subah was to earn 13.5% of every incremental revenue they discovered in their real-time verification job. But the figure was dropped to about 11% following the controversy around payment of the initial Ghc 74million for no work done.
But information reaching Adom News indicates that though Subah has finally installed its equipment on the billing systems of the telcos and started verifying call records real-time, it has not been paid a pesewa for its work yet. And it is about to lose the job already.
GVG, on the other hand, sold out to Jospong after a long failed legal battle to install its equipment on the international gateways of the telcos and do real-time verification of incoming international calls.
Industry experts pleading anonymity, told Adam News, “GVG is spent and it has lost its relevance in Ghana so it was a bad move for Jospong to have bought it at an estimated $9million.”
Meanwhile, Adom News is reliably informed that Subah has, on a daily basis, been discovering some call detail records (CDRs) which used to be missing from the CDRs of the various telecom operators.
Subah is barred by non-disclosure agreements it signed with each telecom operator from disclosing any information about its discoveries on their various networks.