Mr Speaker, I would want to give two explanations, so that I would carry my Hon Colleagues on board.
Mr Speaker, I am not against the principle of setting higher quality standards. I have a problem with the measurability of those standards. My Hon Colleague, who is the Deputy Minister for Communications, whom I worked with when he was the Chief Executive for Glo --
Mr Speaker, I just shared this practical experience, and many of us have experienced it. When a person lands in
the Washington Airport for instance, one may have the Verizon, show signal strength, but after one or two steps AT&T may take over. It is an aspect of interoperability of signal strength, which is Seamless. Ghana has not got there yet, so I intend in clause 43, to sponsor a new amendment, which amendment would be that the provider and money issuer must provide for redundancy. My Hon Colleague understands that.
Mr Speaker, redundant infrastructure would mean that for instance, in Parliament, we may be relying on the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) for the services of our broadband for internet connectivity. To ensure that when NITA breaks down, we would have a backup, we must provide for redundancy.
Mr Speaker, I am therefore opposed to putting the 99.5 per cent in this legislation on two principles. One, measurability, and two, when we legislate it, it means that when a person performs 80 per cent, it is illegal and unlawful, and would become an infraction.
Even in the Bank of Ghana, there have been times that we have been told that the Ghana Integrated Financial Manage- ment Information System (GIFMIS) is down and so the processing of a request from the Ministry of Finance to the Bank of Ghana cannot be done because of the system breakdown.
Mr Speaker, so what we need to do, is to delete the 99.5 per cent and provide, in order to make sure that service providers do not run away from their obligation, that they must provide for redundancy, which is an Information Technology (IT) language. The Hon Minister for Education should know that this is not about the tracking system, where we have the yellow track and the red track, but it is redundant infrastructure.
Mr Speaker, therefore, I am sure that I am about right on this matter. I would rather even be defeated on the record. I would want to be defeated, that this was shot down by Parliament, after all these reasonable explanation. In communica- tions, it is the Seamless less connectivity, which is important, and we are simply saying that we ensure high performance, but how do we do?
Even Parliament, as we all enter none of us get signal. We have referred it to the IT Department.
Ordinarily, once we enter the precincts of Parliament, we should have a signal telling us that we have connectivity. We do not have it, because the primary source is itself ineffective. So a secondary source to be relied on is what is referred to in communication as redundant infra- structure.