Superb Overview of International Gateway Monitoring in Ghana

Once in a while you find a needle in the interweb haystack of news, information, misinformation and comment. Recently talkRA has been highlighting the significance of government moves to ‘assure’ telco revenues (and hence taxes), particularly in countries like Ghana. For a balanced, authoritative and readable account of the legal and reputation fight taking place between Ghanaian telcos and its regulators, please read this article by Samuel Nii Narku Dowuona of GhanaWeb.

The article serves as a case study for all the issues, as would be relevant to any country, as well as detailing how and why Ghanaian telcos and private citizens are resisting the regulator’s attempts to implement automated monitoring of international gateway switches. Kudos to the author for not just repeating public statements, but for also doing solid research. The article discusses the background of the regulator’s preferred suppliers, and raises important questions about transparency, liability and corporate ethics. Anyone wanting a briefing on the risk factors relating to government intervention into revenue assurance should read the article.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.