The parliament of Ghana has approved the regulations covering the operations of an Interconnect Clearinghouse (ICH), confirms a press release from the National Communications Authority (NCA). The Electronic Communications (ICH Services) Regulations 2016 – also referred to as the LI 2234 – aims to regulate the activities of service providers who connect and route national and international traffic through an ICH, while also overseeing the operations of the ICH itself. Interconnect rates will remain unchanged until January 2018, however, in a move to protect consumers from price hikes, with the NCA noting that the costs of licensing and operating the ICH could have resulted in an additional cost to operators who may have passed this onto consumers.
Director General of the NCA, Mr. William Tevie, commented: ‘The authority will continue to undertake its regulatory functions with integrity and transparency to ensure quality provision of ICT regulatory interventions for the benefit of Ghanaians. Through the ICH, we are able to increase focus on transparency at all levels of operations to ensure ethical functioning within the telecommunication industry.’