Physical installations of servers has been completed at various data centers of mobile networks for the implementation of the common monitoring platform.
Preparations towards testing and transmission are at various stages of completion.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Communications, it said the the various mobile network operators have complied with the directive after they were given up to June 11, 2018 as deadline to connect to Kelni GVG.
According to the Minister of Communications Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, the telcos were assured of government’s commitment to the CMP in compliance with the laws of the land.
This was after the telcos in a meeting with the ministry expressed worry over the proposed KelniGVG arguing that it will expose the contents of customers communication.
The minister in the statement said, ‘…Following a meeting with MNO Chief Executive Officers, I am happy to announce that they are all cooperating with the NCA, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and their contractors to implement the CMP’.
‘Even though they were not required to, changes have been made to the original technical specifications to provide a further layer of protection and security to address the privacy concerns of the MNOs.
‘A filtering server and mirroring installation have been included to ensure that only the signalling information needed for the purposes of traffic monitoring will be received by the NCA and GRA. No other information -either voice, SMS, video or data, will be received by KelniGVG servers.’
The statement assured that government’s revenue will be assured and the privacy of Ghanaians will also be protected.
The new law which is in compliance with the Communication Service (Amendment) Act passed in 2013 is to “establish a monitoring mechanism to verify the actual revenue that accrues to vendors for the purpose of computing taxes due the government under this act and be given physical access to the physical network nodes of the vendors’ network at an equivalent point in the network where the network providers’ billing systems are connected”.