Smart Africa and Afriwave Telecom Ghana Limited have announced a partnership where they will collaborate on the One Africa Network and Interconnect Clearinghouse initiative, the Data Center and Cloud project and the Intra-Africa Connectivity project to advance the continent’s digital transformation.
The partnership will also see Smart Africa and Afriwave Telecom deliver training to decision makers across Africa through the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) vehicle.
Smart Africa is an alliance of 32 African countries, international organizations and global private sector actors tasked with shaping Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is reinforced by a bold and innovative commitment by African heads of state to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and bring Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable broadband access and to the use of ICT.
With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together heads of state who seek to accelerate the digitization of the continent and create a common market.
âIt is important that we keep Africa’s data within Africa’s borders. To achieve this, we need to build capacity for data management and storage on the continent. This partnership with Afriwave Telecom will use African skills to advance Africa’s capabilities and digital transformation, âsaid Mr. Lacina KonÃ©, CEO / Managing Director of the Smart Africa Secretariat.
Afriwave Telecom is a Ghanaian company established in 1998 to provide telecommunications solutions in Ghana and beyond. It is the first and only licensed operator of interconnection clearinghouse (ICH) in Ghana and currently provides national telecommunications interconnection information exchange services to licensed mobile network operators (MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and Glo Mobile) in Ghana.
Afriwave Telecom also provides international telecommunications interconnection clearinghouse services to international wholesale operators that route international telecommunications traffic to Ghana. ICH operations have brought several benefits to Ghana’s telecommunications sector and Afriwave telecom is eager to expand its services to other parts of Africa and is therefore ready to collaborate with other stakeholders with ambitions and similar goals.
âWe have often wondered when traffic within Africa would be routed within the continent’s borders. Establishing intra-African cross-border links and interconnections will create an enabling environment aimed at achieving the ultimate goal of keeping all African traffic in Africa, âsaid Francis Poku, Deputy Managing Director of Afriwave Telecom.
ICH services provide a simple, cost effective and reliable point of interconnection and interconnection links leading to reduced interconnection OPEX and CAPEX; effective management of new and traditional interconnection requirements; provides a point of interconnection and reduces the barrier to entry of other service providers into the telecommunications interconnection ecosystem; provides independent verification and reconciliation of interconnection billing records to improve clearing and prompt settlements between connected entities.
Advantages of PCI
ICT is a catalyst for the economy. Afriwave works through the ICH platform to provide a gateway to the telecommunications ecosystem.
There is also the provision of financial clearinghouse services to facilitate the settlement of interconnection charges between MNOs and potential MNO and VAS providers.
Through the ICH, other sectors of the economy will be integrated into the telecommunications ecosystem, which will improve the speed of transactions and therefore stimulate economic growth.