GHANA: GHANA TELECOM AND AREEBA SETTLE INTERCONNECT DISPUTE

Telecoms

The Acting Director of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Major John Ray Tandoh (Rtd.), has disclosed that the interconnectivity problem between Ghana Telecom (GT) and Areeba has been resolved.

It would be recalled that last year, GT complained of Areeba interconnection rates, saying it has incurred big losses because of the former.

He said a new interconnectivity rate of G¢600 per minute to take effect from January 1, 2006 has been agreed upon. "I assure all operators in the telecommunications sector that the NCA would continue to exercise its jurisdiction to resolve disputes among competing operators in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner," he said.

According to him, the telecommunication sector is further liberalized as the NCA prepares itself to roll out fix line network and backbone infrastructure regulations to license the provision of their services.

As part of government's aim to provide telecommunication facilities to rural and underserved areas, the NCA has proposed that the country focuses on service providers for fix wireless network.

At a consultative forum with stakeholders last week, under the theme, "National telecommunication policy towards further liberalization of the telecom sector", Tandoh told participants: "From next year, the NCA will license more fixed line operators in the telecommunication sector. We have more potential operators who want to come on our market," he said.

Ghanaian Chronicle