The National Communications Authority (NCA) has denied allegations made by policy think tank Imani Ghana that its contract with Afriwave Telecom to provide a common platform for the routing, switching, billing and settlement of interconnect traffic for the telecommunication industry was a fraud.
Director General of the National Communications Authority William Tevie stated that the eight member Application Evaluation Panel (AEP) set up by the NCA to vet the bidders, awarded the contract to Afriwave after it was provided with all the necessary information and materials to facilitate the panel’s work to ensure an objective selection of the winner of the bid process.
“The eight members Application Evaluation Panel in the preparation of the report transferred the scores from Excel to Microsoft word. They then noticed that there were some errors with regards to the scores, in which situation the errors were corrected and there are verifiable correspondent to that effect. It should be noted that after the corrections, the total scores remain the same, with Afriwave as having obtained the most points.”
The AEP he added, explained all the metrics used in assessing each aspect of the applications in their report.
With respect to access to financing, the AEP he said “sought to ascertain the extent to which an applicant would be able to raise equity and or debt to pay for the cost of deploying and maintaining the infrastructure required for the project.
The NCA he also indicated sought to have only one Interconnect Clearing House instead of multiple ones to make it unnecessary for government to pay multiple consultants for monitoring traffic volumes in the country and thus it made economic sense to have only one clearing house.