Parliament’s select committee on communications has toured two facilities of Subah Infosolutions, a leading Information Technology (IT) and Telecommunications solution provider in the country.
The working visit was to enable members of the committee, constituted a few weeks ago, to familiarise themselves with the operations of the IT firm.
The facilities the Members of Parliament (MPs) visited, included the Project Command Centre, the Assembly Plant and the Call Centre, all on the Spintex Road and the Data Centre at Roman Ridge, Accra.
Subah Infosolutions, which specialises in revenue collection, ICT, data management among other services took the law makers through its Digital Mapping and Property Addressing System which seeks to collect, process and store accurate and reliable data for national development.
Using the above system, Subah is collaborating with the National Service Scheme in rolling out the Scheme’s Urban Sanitation Model which will be used in distributing waste bins and monitoring waste management across the country.
The firm has also started with the production of digital set-top boxes in view of Ghana’s imminent switch to digital terrestrial broadcasting from the analogue platform.
The digital set-top box is an information appliance device that contains a TV-tuner input and displays output to a television set and an external source of signal, turning the source signal into content in a form that can then be displayed on the television screen or other display devices.
Briefing the media after the familiarisation tour, Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Fred Opare Ansah, Suhum MP, expressed satisfaction with the IT firm’s work.
He said it was important to do this as a committee so that “when we sit as a committee and we are having deliberations, it will inform us on the issues that we have to discuss”, and added that “we are impressed with what we have seen so far.”
In the view of Mr. Opare Ansah, sim box fraud, which he said leads to revenue loss to the state and poor quality of service by the telecommunication networks are the major challenges that the sector faces.
The committee, he said, will back Subah Infosolutions and other industry players with the necessary legislations to address all the bottlenecks in the telecom sector.
Mr. Birendra Sasmal, the managing director of Subah Infosolutions, on his part said his firm was committed to helping the country meet international standards in the telecom sector for national development.
He lauded government for the support over the years and assured the committee that Subah Infosolutions would.
By Julius Yao Petetsi